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Bilateral agreements with Basin state and territory governments

In late 2018 the Murray–Darling Basin Ministerial Council were updated on water resource plans (WRPs) and contingencies and agreed that the key WRP commitments will be in place from 1 July 2019.

Consistent with this Ministerial Council decision, Basin states and territory governments agreed to enter into bilateral agreements with the Commonwealth to ensure key elements of the water resource plans were given effect from 1 July 2019 where WRPs are not accredited by that date. These agreements ensured that sustainable diversion limits and measures to protect and better manage environmental water were in place from 1 July 2019.

The MDBA and NSW have agreed a new bilateral agreement that will cover the 2020–21 water year as the NSW WRPs were not accredited before 1 July 2020. This bilateral supersedes the bilateral agreement signed in February 2019.

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Bilateral agreement 2020–21
New South Wales

MDBA and NSW signed this bilateral agreement in June 2020 to bring key Basin Plan commitments into effect from 1 July 2020. This agreement promotes transparency and gives the MDBA and the community confidence in the consistent application of key Basin Plan elements across all NSW catchments.

MDBA-NSW bilateral agreement – MDBA Assessment of progress

The MDBA has conducted the following assessment of progress (as at 30 June 2020) of the 2020–21 bilateral agreement between NSW and MDBA.

MDBA-NSW bilateral agreement – NSW progress report – Cover report

NSW has provided the following report for the Agreement.

MDBA-NSW bilateral agreement – NSW Floodplain harvesting action plan

NSW has provided the following report against item 4 to schedule 2 of the Agreement.

MDBA-NSW bilateral agreement – NSW-ACT trade agreement progress

NSW has provided the following report against item 5 to schedule 2 of the Agreement.

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Bilateral agreements 2019–20
Reporting against 2019–20 bilateral agreements

A requirement of the bilateral agreements between the MDBA and Basin states is that the MDBA report against the milestones contained in the agreements. The following document sets out the agreements MDBA has established with each Basin state and territory government, the reporting relevant to the actions contained within the agreement, and the MDBA’s response to these actions.

New South Wales – Assessment of progress

The MDBA has conducted the following assessment of progress (as at 16 June 2019) of the NSW and MDBA bilateral agreement implementation commitments.

New South Wales – Bilateral agreement 2019–20 – now superseded by the 1 June 2020 agreement

MDBA and NSW signed the bilateral agreement in February 2019 to bring key Basin Plan commitments into effect from 1 July 2019. This agreement promotes transparency and gives the MDBA and the community confidence in the consistent application of key Basin Plan elements across all NSW catchments.

Queensland – Bilateral agreement 2019–20

MDBA and Queensland signed a bilateral agreement in June 2019 to bring key Basin Plan commitments into effect from 1 July 2019. This agreement promotes transparency and gives the MDBA and the community confidence in the consistent application of key Basin Plan elements across all Queensland catchments.

South Australia – Bilateral agreement 2019–20

MDBA and South Australia signed a bilateral agreement in June 2019 to bring key Basin Plan commitments into effect from 1 July 2019. This agreement promotes transparency and gives the MDBA and the community confidence in the consistent application of key Basin Plan elements across all South Australian catchments.

Victoria – Bilateral agreement 2019–20

MDBA and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) signed a bilateral agreement in June 2019 to bring key Basin Plan commitments into effect from 1 July 2019. This agreement promotes transparency and gives the MDBA and the community confidence in the consistent application of key Basin Plan elements across all Victorian catchments.

Australian Capital Territory – Bilateral agreement 2019–20

MDBA and the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) signed a bilateral agreement in June 2019 to bring key Basin Plan commitments into effect from 1 July 2019. This agreement promotes transparency and gives the MDBA and the community confidence in the consistent application of key Basin Plan elements across all ACT catchments.

Updated: 16 Sep 2020  •   Governance