Basin Plan compliance roles and responsibilities

The MDBA’s Compliance and strategy and guidance material will be updated in early 2018. Read about the Basin-wide Compliance review.

The Murray–Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) is responsible for monitoring and dealing with breaches of parts of the Water Act including the Basin Plan.

The MDBA has an emphasis on engagement, education, support, transparency and reporting and works in good faith with all parties, using enforcement powers only when needed. The MDBA seeks to resolve non-compliance through negotiation and/or mediation. The MDBA has a number of possible enforcement responses including:

  • accepting undertakings from a person that they will comply with the Act
  • seeking a court declaration that a person has 'committed a contravention'
  • applying enforcement notices
  • seeking court injunctions.

Action can be taken if a person or entity 'has, is or proposes to engage in' conduct that is inconsistent with parts of the Water Act such as the Basin Plan, state water resource plans or water trading rules.

To learn more about the possible risks of non-compliance with the Basin Plan, the MDBA has commissioned an environmental scan. The Environmental Scan 2013 identifies threats, trends and potential non-compliance issues over the next decade.

The MDBA, Basin states and the Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder have agreed to publish annual statements of assurance to ensure people can see progress in the implementation of, and compliance with, the Basin Plan.

If you have any questions, concerns or require further information, please contact the MDBA at or by phoning 1800 230 067.

Should you wish to provide information regarding allegations of breaches to the Basin Plan you can write via the Compliance Report a Breach form.

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