The governance arrangements covering the water resources of the Basin have been developed to meet changing economic, environmental and societal needs of the Basin communities.

We report to the Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources. Our governance comprises:

  • the Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, the Hon Barnaby Joyce MP
  • the 6 member Murray–Darling Basin Authority
  • the Ministerial Council
  • the Basin Officials Committee
  • the Basin Community Committee.

The organisation is made up of the 6 member Authority, including the Chief Executive, and MDBA staff. The Murray–Darling Basin is managed through a partnership between the Australian Government and the governments of New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia and the Australian Capital Territory (the Basin states).

The current governance arrangements are set out in the Water Act 2007 which establishes a Commonwealth-State cooperative arrangement for the management of Basin water resources operating under Commonwealth law. The governance arrangements are summarised in the diagram below.

Murray-Darling Basin Authority governance chart
Governance chart