Basin Plan amendments

We are proposing some amendments to the Basin Plan.

The changes proposed will make the most of new information we've gathered since the Basin Plan was signed off in 2012.

Our recommendations are based on research and monitoring. As well as talking to local communities and working with industry experts.

The submission period was open from 22 November 2016 to 24 February 2017. This was an opportunity for the public to provide feedback on the proposed amendments. You can read the published submissions here.

During the submission period we held about 50 information sessions around the Basin. Our staff and experts from other government agencies were available to discuss the proposed amendments.

We are now reviewing submissions and the feedback received at the information sessions. We will submit the proposed amendments along with a report on the submissions to the Ministerial Council.

The amendment process

Approximate timing Stage of amendment process

November 2016

We announced proposed amendments to the Basin Plan.

November 2016–February 2017

Consultation period open and members of the public invited to provide feedback on the proposed amendments.

Information sessions held around the Basin.

March–April 2017

The MDBA considers issues raised during the consultation period and decides whether to make any changes.

We give the proposed amendments and any revisions to the Ministerial Council.

The Ministerial Council provides us with any comments they have on the proposed amendments.

May–June 2017

We consider the issues raised by the Ministerial Council and decide whether to make any further changes.

The MDBA gives the proposed amendments and any revisions to the Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources.

The Minister either adopts the amendments or provides further suggestions for changes to the MDBA.

June–July 2017

An announcement expected on whether:

  • the amendment will be tabled in parliament, OR
  • further consultation and modification of proposed amendments to be undertaken



What are the proposed amendments?

The proposed amendments focus on three areas of the Basin Plan:

Northern Basin

Proposing a reduction in water recovery

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Revising extraction limits

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Minor practical changes to enable effective and consistent implementation of the Basin Plan.

Read more about the changes

If you have any questions or would like more information on the amendment process please email us or phone 1800 230 067.