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Basin Plan amendments

The Murray–Darling Basin Authority has provided the northern Basin amendments, including the groundwater and minor practical changes, to Commonwealth Minister responsible for water. These amendments are now law and will be tabled in the Australian Parliament, when it resumes. For more information read this media release.

The Murray–Darling Basin Plan is about ensuring a healthy and productive system for future generations.

The Murray–Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) has proposed changes to the Basin Plan, including a reduction to the water recovery target in the north of the Basin, from 390GL to 320GL.

The MDBA recommended the amendments to the Commonwealth Water Minister on 9 November 2017. The Minister adopted these amendments and tabled them in Parliament on 14 November 2017.

The recommendations are based on research and monitoring, as well as talking to local communities and working with industry experts. Following consultation we incorporated some further changes (read the community consultation report).

The proposed amendments were provided to the Ministerial Council and subsequently the Authority for consideration (read the communique here). Based on their suggestions some further technical changes were made to the proposed amendment. No changes to either the northern Basin or groundwater SDLs have been made since the amendment was first proposed in November 2016.  

Media materials

What are the proposed amendments?

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

  • Northern Basin - proposing a reduction in water recovery - ​read more
  • Groundwater - revising extraction limits - read more
  • Minor practical changes - to enable effective and consistent implementation of the Basin Plan - read more