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Published: 19 September 2018   •   Media statements

The Murray–Darling Basin Authority's latest quarterly update shows state governments are working hard to complete the high quality Water Resource Plans required to underpin the future health of catchments in the Murray–Darling Basin.

Accreditation of all 33 Water Resource Plans is central to the full delivery of the Basin Plan by 2024.

It is important that Water Resource Plans are tailored to deliver long-term benefits to each part of the Basin and, as a consequence, build the health the basin as a whole.

That's why we are working alongside state governments to ensure the plans they submit to us for assessment are of the highest possible quality and meet the needs of all water users, including the environment.

This is an ambitious program. We recognise that timelines are very tight and continue to discuss how barriers to delivery are best managed with the states.

Twenty of the 33 plans are in New South Wales, where substantial progress continues to raise the work rate required to meet Basin Plan obligations. Queensland, South Australia, Victoria and the ACT governments are making good headway and are on track to deliver draft Water Resource Plans for accreditation on time.

The Basin-wide review of compliance in 2017 recommended increased public transparency and demonstration of accountability in the work of the MDBA and state agencies. This quarterly update delivers on that recommendation.

Water Resource Plans are developed by state governments, assessed by the MDBA and accredited by the Commonwealth Minister responsible for water. From 1 July 2019 it will be the MDBA's job as the regulator to make sure state governments meet the requirements of their accredited plans.

The quarterly update details the stage of development for each of the 33 ground and surface water plans, and underlines the continued need for the MDBA and partner jurisdictions to work cooperatively to resolve issues in a timely manner.

The quarterly report is available on the MDBA website.

Carl Binning
Executive Director of Partnerships,
Murray–Darling Basin Authority

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