The Basin Plan
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Why we need a Basin Plan?
The Murray–Darling Basin is a complex, diverse and dynamic system. Its characteristics are constantly changing in response to the influences of people, the climate and the way water is used — for production, communities and the environment.
The aim of the Basin Plan is to ensure that water is shared between all users, including the environment, in a sustainable way. It does this by managing the basin as one system. This will enable the river systems to continue to support communities and industries in the long term as they adapt to changes, including a changing climate.
To see our work in delivering the Plan, visit the Basin Plan roll-out section.
What is the Basin Plan?
The Basin Plan is legislation which guides governments, regional authorities and communities to sustainably manage and use the waters of the Murray–Darling Basin. The Plan came into effect in November 2012, and it will be reviewed and revised throughout a seven year implementation phase.
In consultation with basin state governments, we have identified a range of minor improvements that would enable a practical and consistent implementation of the Basin Plan.
We have recently completed a review of the northern basin water recovery targets.
When the Basin Plan came into effect in 2012, it placed limits on how much water could be extracted from groundwater resources across the basin to ensure the continued sustainabilit