Murray-Darling Basin Plan

​Healthy rivers, strong communities and sustainable food and fibre production in the Murray-Darling Basin can only be achieved through water reform.

The department is responsible for the water programmes and projects that supports this reform. This includes investments in water-saving infrastructure, easing environmental flow delivery constraints, options for works and measures, and water purchases to achieve more efficient outcomes for the environment.

The Basin Plan provides an integrated and strategic framework for water reform, consistent with the requirements of the Water Act 2007. The Murray-Darling Basin Authority is an independent expertise-based statutory agency responsible for Basin-wide water resource planning and management.

Supporting reform in the Basin

The Basin Plan requires recovery of 2750 GL, however there is flexibility built into the plan to change the recovery target.

The Australian Government is investing in the Murray-Darling Basin to improve:

Northern Basin Taskforce

The Northern Basin Programmes Taskforce has been set up in the Department to look at how best to achieve the remaining water recovery for the Northern Basin under the Murray-Darling Basin Plan.

Drawing from key industry and community stakeholders input, the Taskforce will provide advice on how to bridge the gap in ways that avoid further water purchase and deliver socio-economic benefits to communities, such as better irrigation infrastructure. The Taskforce Terms of Reference ​Word [118 KB].

The Taskforce is seeking input and feedback from affected communities in the Northern Basin. We are keen to hear ideas on potential measures to help improve outcomes for local economies while still supporting positive environmental outcomes.

Meetings will be held in Northern Basin regional centres in January and February 2017:

  • Dirranbandi  - Wednesday 11 January
  • St George  - Thursday 12 January
  • Chinchilla - Tuesday 17 January
  • Toowoomba  - Wednesday 18 January

To register your interest to meet with the taskforce, e-mail: Northern Basin taskforce or call (02) 6272 5110.

Check this page for further meetings.

For more information, contact the Northern Basin taskforce or phone on (02) 6272 5110.

Further information on the MDBA’s Northern Basin review.

Information on Commonwealth water infrastructure programmes in Queensland and New South Wales is at Queensland healthy headwater water use efficiency project

NSW Sustaining the Basin: Irrigated Farm Modernisation Programme

Basin Plan programmes

Interactive map of Sustainable Rural Water Use and Infrastructure projects in the Murray-Darling Basin