The Murray–Darling Basin is undeniably a working Basin but its future depends on securing the health of the natural environment, so that adequate amounts of good quality water are available to water users and environments alike.
The Basin Plan guides governments, regional authorities and communities to sustainably manage and use the waters of the Basin. The Plan came into effect in November 2012, and it will be reviewed and revised throughout a 7 year implementation phase.
To see our work in delivering the Plan, visit the Basin Plan roll-out section.
The Guide to the proposed Basin Plan assists people to understand the basis of the proposed Basin Plan, including the rationale behind the proposals presented for discussion.
In June 2015, the Australian Senate set up a select committee to look at the Murray–Darling Basin Plan.
The timeline below outlines key events in the implementation of the Basin Plan for 2016.