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Australian Capital Territory (Surface Water) — Water resource plan

This water resource plan is the prevailing management plan for the surface water resources in the ACT water resource plan area.

The plan was accredited by the Australian Government Minister as being consistent with the Basin Plan and commenced on 30 June 2020. The Minister’s decision instrument and the explanatory statement are available on the Federal Register of Legislation.

Key documents informing the recommendation decision are set out below.

Downloads

Australian Capital Territory (Surface Water) proposed Water Resource Plan Factsheet
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Recommendation documents
MDBA’s Letter to the Minister for Resources, Water and Northern Australia
The Authority’s recommendation on the proposed ACT surface water WRP
MDBA’s Assessment of the proposed ACT surface water WRP
Murray Lower Darling Rivers Indigenous Nations advice on the ACT surface water WRP

Note: Document has been redacted to remove personal information

Independent review of the assessment process for the ACT surface water WRP
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The ACT (surface water) water resource plan is made up of a number of documents. The key document is the ACT (surface water) water resource plan.

The accredited versions of these documents are available below.

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Key documents
Australian Capital Territory Water Resource Plans for Surface Water and Groundwater December 2019 Part 1
Australian Capital Territory Water Resource Plans for Surface Water and Groundwater December 2019 Part 2
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Relevant state legislation and policy
Australian Capital Territory – Water Resource Act 2007
Australian Capital Territory – Water Resources Regulation 2007
Australian Capital Territory – Water Resources Environmental Flow Guidelines (No. 2) 2019
Australian Capital Territory – Water Resources (Water Management Areas) Determination 2019
Australian Capital Territory – Water Resources (Water Available from Areas) Determination (No. 2) 2019
Australian Capital Territory – Utilities (Water Restriction Scheme) Approval 2010 (No 1)
ACT Planning and Development Act 2007
Australian Capital Territory – Territory Plan 2008 Section 9.2 (Non-Urban Zones Development Code)
Australian Capital Territory – Territory Plan 2008 Section 10.2 (District Precinct Maps and Codes)
Australian Capital Territory – Territory Plan 2008 Section 11.8 (Water Use and Catchment General Code)
ACT Environment Protection Regulation 2005
ACT Water Meter Installation, Maintenance and Replacement Guidelines March 2015
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Supporting information
Development of Source models for the ACT and Region December 2017
Method for Determining the Annual Permitted Take of Surface Water in the ACT February 2019
Updated: 15 Jul 2020  •   Independent reports