Public consultation on the Second Review of the Lake Eyre Basin Intergovernmental Agreement

​​​​​​The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources is conducting public consultation within and outside the Lake Eyre Basin Area on behalf of the Lake Eyre Basin jurisdictions on the review of the Intergovernmental Agreement.

The department is interested in seeking the views of stakeholders on how the Intergovernmental Agreement has been implemented across the Lake Eyre Basin, and issues that the Basin may face over the coming 10 years.

Focus questions have been developed to assist you in the provision of feedback.

The consultation is now open and submissions must be lodged by 2 May 2018.

How to make a submission:

LEB Secretariat
Water Division
Department of Agriculture and Water Resources
GPO Box 858
Canberra  ACT  2601

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The Second Review of the Lake Eyre Basin Intergovernmental Agreement

The purpose of the Lake Eyre Basin Intergovernmental Agreement is to provide for the development or adoption, or implementation of policies and strategies concerning water and related natural resources to avoid or eliminate, as reasonably practicable, adverse cross-border impacts. Under the Agreement, the Ministerial Forum, comprising of the Australian, Queensland, South Australian and Northern Territory Ministers, must cause a review every 10 years. The last review of the Agreement occurred in 2008.

The review will look at the operation of the Agreement and the extent to which objectives identified in the Agreement have been achieved, and consider possible changes to improve its effectiveness, reflect new knowledge, emerging issues and institutional frameworks.

The Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources will coordinate the review on behalf of the Basin jurisdictions. The review is being prepared by an independent consultant who will consult with those who live, work or who have business or other interests in the Lake Eyre Basin.

The Lake Eyre Basin State of the Basin Condition Assessment 2016 report found that the riverine acquatic ecosystems of the Basin are currently in relatively good condition. The report identified 9 out of the 30 current and emerging pressures and threats to the Basin’s water resources as posing the greatest risk to the future condition of the Basin. The report’s findings have been used to inform the 2018 review of the Agreement.

The Agreement is available for download and will assist you in making a submission to the department.

Background information on the Lake Eyre Basin Intergovernmental Agreement is available at lakeeyrebasin.gov.au.

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Confidential information

If any part of the information you provide is confidential, please mark your whole submission as confidential.

Online submission form: Second Review of the Lake Eyre Basin Intergovernmental Agreement​

Privacy

‘Personal information’ means any information or opinion about an identified, or reasonably identifiable, individual.

The collection of personal information by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources in relation to this submission is for the purposes of gathering opinions on the Second Review of the Lake Eyre Basin Intergovernmental Agreement and related purposes. You are under no obligation to provide personal information but if you do not, the department will be unable to contact you to discuss or respond to your submission.

Under the Freedom of Information Act 1982, submissions marked confidential may be made available. Such requests will be determined in accordance with provisions under that Act.

Personal information may be published on the department’s website, disclosed to other Australian agencies, persons or organisations where necessary for these purposes, provided the disclosure is consistent with relevant laws, in particular the Privacy Act 1988. Your personal information will be used and stored in accordance with the Privacy Principles.

See the department’s Privacy Policy to learn more about accessing or correcting personal information or making a complaint. Alternatively, telephone the department on +61 2 6272 3933.

Background

The Lake Eyre Basin Intergovernmental Agreement Act (2001) was signed by Ministers of the Australian, Queensland, South Australian and Northern Territory governments. The Agreement provides for the development or adoption, or implementation of policies and strategies concerning water and related natural resources, to avoid adverse cross border impacts and ensures that Australia meets its international obligations.

The Agreement incorporates a number of guiding principles that recognise the significance of the Lake Eyre Basin for ecological, pastoral, cultural or tourism reasons, and the need to make decisions which will foster ecologically sustainable development using a precautionary approach and take account of the significant knowledge and experience of local communities.

Under the Agreement, the Ministerial Forum is required to cause a review of the condition of all watercourses and catchments within the Lake Eyre Basin Agreement Area every 10 years. The last review of the Agreement occurred in 2008. The recently completed Lake Eyre Basin State of the Basin Condition Assessment 2016 Report informed the Second Review of the Lake Eyre Basin Intergovernmental Agreement.

The review of the Agreement will be performed by the Australian, state and territory governments, in consultation with those who live, work, or have business or other interests in the Lake Eyre Basin.

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