Basin Plan timeline

We are working collaboratively to implement the Basin Plan.

While the Basin Plan provides a framework for implementation, working with Basin states (Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and the Australian Capital Territory), Basin communities and key stakeholders is crucial in achieving a sustainable Basin system.

Continued involvement from Basin communities during implementation to provide input and feedback helps the MDBA to adapt the approach and ensure the Basin can continue to support communities, the environment and industry.

The Basin Plan is being implemented over the next 7 years to allow time for Basin states, communities and the Australian Government to work together to manage the changes required for a healthy working Basin.

  • 2014
  • Water trading rules begin

  • Basin environmental watering strategy published

  • Groundwater reviews completed

  • 2015
  • Long-term state environmental watering plans published

  • Roll out of the Aboriginal Cultural Flows Health Indicator

  • 2016
  • Northern Basin Review completed

  • 2017
  • Constraints projects begin

  • Interim evaluation of Basin Plan

  • Adjustment of sustainable diversion limit determined

  • 2019
  • Initial environmental water recovery completed**

  • All state water resource plans revised in line with Basin Plan

  • Sustainable diversion limits come into effect*

  • Review of basin environmental watering strategy

  • 2020
  • Five yearly report on the effectiveness of the Basin Plan published*

  • Five yearly review of environmental watering plan, water quality and salinity targets

  • 2024
  • Completion of agreed constraints measures

  • Completion of 'supply' and 'efficiency' measures for the sustainable diversion limit adjustment

  • 2025
  • Five yearly report on the effectiveness of the Basin Plan published

  • Five yearly review of environmental watering plan, water quality and salinity targets

  • 2026
  • Review of Basin Plan

* Subject to amending the Basin Plan
** Environmental water recovery for initial 'bridging the gap' completed