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.
Changing the Basin Plan?
The Murray–Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) is proposing some amendments to the Basin Plan. Any member of the public can make a submission on what is being proposed. Submissions close on 10 February 2017. Make a submission or read about the proposed amendments.
MDBA Chief Executive Phillip Glyde's Op Ed on proposed basin plan amendments.
The Murray–Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) has determined that a change to the Basin Plan will be proposed for public consultation later this year.