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Geospatial data services request form

Use this form to access the MDBA’s geospatial datasets that need a project-specific data licence. Please do not use this form for compliance related information or inquiries – instead contact the Office of Compliance.

* Indicates a required response. Responses for other questions are optional

172  Authority’s functions

             (1)  The Authority has the following functions:

                     (a)  such functions as are conferred on the Authority by:

                              (i)  Part 2 (Management of Basin water resources); and

                            (iii)  Part 10 (Murray‑Darling Basin Authority (special powers));

                     (b)  to measure, monitor and record the quality and quantity of the Basin water resources, including measuring, monitoring and recording:

                              (i)  flows of surface water forming part of the Basin water resources; and

                             (ii)  levels and pressures of ground water forming part of the Basin water resources; and

                            (iii)  inflows to river flow control works; and

                            (iv)  volumes held within river flow control works; and

                             (v)  the taking of water from the Basin water resources; and

                            (vi)  interception activity;

Note:       The Authority may adopt Basin State records, and request the Basin States to take these measurements etc. (see subsection (2)).

                     (c)  to measure, monitor and record the condition of water‑dependent ecosystems associated with the Basin water resources;

Note:       The Authority may adopt Basin State records, and request the Basin States to take these measurements etc. (see subsection (2)).

                     (d)  to support, encourage and conduct research and investigations about the Basin water resources, including research and investigations about:

                              (i)  using the Basin water resources in an equitable, efficient and sustainable manner; and

                             (ii)  conserving inflows to, and other sources of, the Basin water resources; and

                            (iii)  improving the quality of the Basin water resources; and

                            (iv)  improving the condition of water‑dependent ecosystems connected with the Basin water resources; and

                             (v)  the desirability and practicality of measures that could help achieve any of the objectives set out in the above subparagraphs;

                     (e)  to develop, or assist the development of, measures for the equitable, efficient and sustainable use of the Basin water resources (including measures for the delivery of environmental water);

                    (ea)  to develop, in consultation with the Basin States, an integrated water model for the Murray‑Darling Basin;

                      (f)  to implement, or coordinate the implementation of, measures developed in accordance with paragraph (e);

                     (g)  to make recommendations to:

                              (i)  the Commonwealth; or

                             (ii)  a Basin State; or

                            (iii)  an agency of the Commonwealth or a Basin State;

                            about any matter (including the carrying out of any works or other measures by the Commonwealth, State or agency) that the Authority considers could in any way affect the quality or quantity of the Basin water resources;

                     (h)  to collect, analyse and interpret information about the Basin water resources and water‑dependent ecosystems;

                      (i)  to disseminate information about the Basin water resources, and water‑dependent ecosystems, to the extent that the Authority considers it desirable to do so;

                    (ia)  to engage the Indigenous community on the use and management of Basin water resources;

                      (j)  to engage and educate the Australian community about the Basin water resources;

                     (k)  such other functions as are conferred on the Authority by this Act, the regulations or by or under any other law of the Commonwealth;

                      (l)  if the Minister consents—such other functions as are conferred on the Authority by or under any law of a State;

                    (m)  if the Minister requests advice about a matter relating to any of the above functions—to give the advice;

                     (n)  to do anything incidental or conducive to the performance of any of the above functions.

Note:          The Authority also has the functions conferred on it by Part 1A (The Murray‑Darling Basin Agreement) and Part 2A (Critical human water needs).

Privacy collection notice for requests for geospatial data

The Murray–Darling Basin Authority (the MDBA) collects geospatial satellite images in order to fulfill its functions under the Water Act 2007 (Cth) and Basin Plan 2012 (Cth).

In order to assess and process requests for this data, the MDBA collects certain information. All personal information collected by the MDBA is protected by the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) (the Privacy Act).

We will only be using and disclosing this information to assess your request and ensure that we continue to comply with the Privacy Act when providing you with the requested data.

If you do not provide the requested information, we may not be able to provide you with the data you request.

This information may be shared internally within the agency. It will be stored securely and treated in accordance with the MDBA's Privacy Policy.

Your personal information may otherwise be disclosed where you have agreed or where it is otherwise permitted, including where it is required or authorised by or under an Australian law, court or tribunal order.

For clarity, this privacy collection notice is for the personal information we collect in the Geospatial data request form. A separate privacy collection notice for the geospatial satellite images can be found at Privacy collection notice for geospatial satellite images.

The MDBA's Privacy Policy explains the way the MDBA protects your personal information and contains information about how you may access or correct your personal information held by us. The Privacy Policy also contains information on how you can complain about a breach of the Australian Privacy Principles and how the MDBA will deal with such a complaint. View the MDBA's Privacy Policy or request a copy of the policy by emailing privacy@mdba.gov.au.

You can also contact the Privacy Officer on (02) 6279 0787.

Updated: 06 Apr 2021