Australia's water

The Basin Plan

The Murray Darling Basin Authority developed the Murray-Darling Basin Plan. The Plan provides an integrated and strategic framework for water reform.

The document is available from www.mdba.gov.au .

The Australian Government is providing national leadership on the challenges of meeting future demand for water in a drying climate.

The Murray-Darling Basin Plan delivers on the Australian Government's commitment to restore the Basin's rivers and wetlands to health while supporting strong regional communities and sustainable food production.

On-Farm Irrigation Efficiency Program - Round four application period now closed

The application period for Round Four of the On-Farm Irrigation Efficiency Program is now closed. Applications closed 4pm (AEDST) 14 October 2013. Applications will be processed in two stages. Applicants will be notified of the results of stage one in early 2014.

Strategic Water Purchase Initiative in Victoria

The Australian Government has commenced round two of the Strategic Water Purchase Initiative in Victoria with a budget of up $5 million. Round two opened on 5 August 2013 and will close at 5.00 pm AEDT on 6 December 2013, unless the limit of the budget has been reached before this date.

Consultation Regulation Impact Statement on regulation of water market intermediaries

The Council of Australian Governments Standing Council on Environment and Water released a Consultation Regulation Impact Statement on the regulation of water market intermediaries. The consultation period closed on Friday 7 June 2013.

Water Matters issue 27 now online

This issue of Water Matters looks at progress made in improving water efficiency through infrastructure investment. The consultation period for the draft Water Recovery Strategy has been extended; have your say by 18 March 2013.

Australia's 65th Ramsar Site announced

Piccaninnie Ponds Karst Wetlands in South Australia has been designated as a Ramsar site under the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance.

Murray-Darling Basin Plan video

The Australian Government has delivered a historic plan to better meet the future water needs of the environment, communities and industry in the vital Murray-Darling Basin.

The Basin Plan

22 November 2012 - announcement of a final Murray-Darling Basin Plan.

Draft Environmental Water Recovery Strategy for the Murray-Darling Basin

The consultation period for the draft Environmental Water Recovery Strategy has now closed. The department is now considering the content of submissions received as part of the work to finalise the Strategy.

Amendments to the Water Regulations

The Water Regulations 2008 have been amended to support the implementation of the Basin Plan. The amendments: exclude and realign some areas of Basin water resources on the boundary of the Basin; enable the Commonwealth to accept certain risk assignment obligations relating to Queensland; and recognise more Victorian water resource plans as transitional water resource plans.

Amendments to the water market and charge rules

The Water Market Rules 2009 and the Water Charge (Termination Fees) Rules 2009 have been amended to address technical issues that arose during implementation. The amendments improve clarity for irrigation infrastructure operators and irrigators in the Murray-Darling Basin about how the rules operate.

New Aquatic Ecosystems Toolkit released

The Aquatic Ecosystems Toolkit has been prepared, in collaboration with states and territories, as a set of good practice tools designed to provide a nationally consistent framework for mapping and classifying aquatic ecosystems, identifying high ecological value aquatic ecosystems and assessing their ecological condition.

Indigenous cultural & spiritual values in water quality planning

This report presents 6 case studies of active Indigenous engagement in water quality management from around Australia.

National guidance for the management of acid sulfate soils in inland aquatic ecosystems

This guidance document for the management of acid sulfate soils (ASS) in inland aquatic ecosystems is designed to guide the identification and management of inland ASS to reduce or eliminate the risks they pose to the Australian environment and its economy.

Murray-Darling Basin Plan

Basin Plan released

The independent Murray-Darling Basin Authority has released the Murray-Darling Basin Plan.

Progress towards meeting environmental needs under the Basin Plan

The Australian Government has already made progress towards proposed environmental water needs identified under the Murray-Darling Basin Authority's Basin Plan.

Inquiry into the impact of the Guide to the Murray-Darling Basin Plan

The Australian Government's response to the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Regional Australia's Report Of Drought and Flooding Rains: Inquiry into the impact of the Guide to the Murray-Darling Basin Plan in Regional Australia was tabled in Parliament on Thursday 24 November 2011. This Inquiry was chaired by Mr Tony Windsor MP.

PHOTO CREDITS: Department of the Environment; Pelicans Lake Eyre Basin - Paul Wainwright; Lake Mulwala - John Baker; Weir - John Baker; Coorong and Lakes Alexandrina and Albert Ramsar site - Paul Wainwright

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