The Basin Plan

The 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 for the Future initiative 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. The independent Murray-Darling Basin Authority developed the Murray-Darling Basin Plan. To view the plan go to to the Authority's website .

Supporting reform in the Basin

Some water currently used for human purposes in the Murray-Darling Basin is being recovered and returned to the environment. More information is in the Environmental Water Recovery Strategy

Water recovered through Water for the Future becomes Commonwealth environmental water.

Through the Water for the Future initiative, the Australian Government is investing in the Murray-Darling Basin to improve the efficiency of irrigation networks and on-farm infrastructure, recover water for the environment and explore additional environmental works and measures.

Basin Plan programs

Information about Australian Government programs to recover water in the Murray-Darling Basin.

Link to Water for the Future initiatives – interactive map page

» Interactive map of sustainable rural water use and infrastructure projects in the Murray-Darling Basin