Great Artesian Basin Strategic Management Plan

​​Development of a new Strategic Management Plan

Work will commence on the development of a new Strategic Management Plan for the Great Artesian Basin in 2015 and is expected to be completed in 2017. As part of the development of the new plan a consultation process will occur in early 2017. Consultation will include targeted regional meetings in the basin, stakeholder discussions, on-line survey and various information material distributed to communities.

The new plan will be developed by the Australian government, state and territory governments, the Great Artesian Basin Coordinating Committee, national organisations, landholders and water users.

Strategic Management Plan Review 2015

A review of the Strategic Management Plan, Future Directions for the Management of the Great Artesian Basin, was completed in August 2015. The review was conducted in consultation with state and territory governments and the Great Artesian Basin Coordinating Committee. It highlights a range of achievements in basin management over the past 15 years and identifies both ongoing and new emerging issues for the Great Artesian Basin.

The Committee’s Future Directions for the Management of the Great Artesian Basin will inform the development of the new Strategic Management Plan.

The Strategic Management Plan (2000–2015)

The Strategic Management Plan, endorsed by the Australian, New South Wales, South Australian, Queensland and Northern Territory governments in 2000, is a 15-year strategic framework for responsible groundwater and related natural resource management in the Great Artesian Basin. It guides governments, water users and other stakeholders on policies, programs and actions necessary to attain optimum economic, environmental and social benefits from the existence and use of Great Artesian Basin groundwater resources.

See Great Artesian Basin Strategic Management Plan 2000—2015

The plan was reviewed in 2007 by the Great Artesian Basin Coordinating Committee as significant changes had occurred in technical, social and political contexts relevant to the management of the Great Artesian Basin. The review looked at the achievements of the plan to date and developed a complementary document that refined the focus for the SMP, from 2008 to 2015, to support new development, continue bore rehabilitation, reform water management policy and industry policy, and continue state and territory government water planning improvements. These 2 documents were endorsed by jurisdictions.

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