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2017 Basin Plan Evaluation reports

The 2017 Basin Plan Evaluation considers environmental, social, cultural and economic outcomes seen so far, and whether these outcomes are in line with what was expected 5 years before. A series of technical reports providing in-depth analysis and results have been developed. The data sets from the evaluation are available from the Australian government website

For summary of the findings and recommendations, see 2017 Basin Plan Evaluation

Documents on this page were changed on 9 March 2018 to correct a typographical error


Evaluation reports
Basin Plan Evaluation 2017 – snapshot
Basin Plan Evaluation 2017 – full report
Social and economic reports
Basin Plan Evaluation 2017 – Social and economic technical overview

Economic and social change in Basin communities and industries is determined by many inter-related causes. The Basin Plan water recovery may be one of those causes of change. To separate the Basin Plan effects from all the other causes of change, the Murray–Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) developed a new modelling approach. This technical report describes the MDBA modelling approach and the many different data sources used to interpret the modelling results. The report also outlines the limitations with this analysis and considers the implications for future social and economic analysis by the MDBA.

Social and economic snapshot
Social and economic benefits from environmental watering
Southern Basin community modelling

An independent report released in February 2018.

Understanding change in Basin communities

Separating the Basin Plan from all the other causes of change in southern Basin communities required the development of a new, innovative modelling approach. New social and economic datasets were necessary for supporting this scale of modelling, together with an improved way for describing changes in dairying. The independent review of the social and economic modelling was critical to informing and examining the overall approach employed by the MDBA.

Southern Basin community modelling
Milk production modelling for northern Victoria
Social and economic data for the community modelling
Independent review of the social and economic modelling
Environmental technical reports
Environmental Assets

The Basin Plan Environmental Assets Technical Report discusses the environmental assets and functions of the Murray–Darling Basin. This report focuses briefly on what information is currently being collected to inform the 2020 evaluation and makes recommendations on actions that should be undertaken or continued to effectively report on environmental assets and functions in 2020.

Native Fish
River flows and connectivity
Water quality and salinity

This document contains summaries and links to technical reports and data sources used in the analysis of the water quality and salinity section of the 2017 Basin Plan evaluation.

Implementation technical reports
Basin Plan Adaptive Management Framework

The Basin Plan Adaptive Management Framework technical report provides an evaluation of the Basin Plan as an Adaptive Management Framework to determine how well the Basin Plan is operating in terms of enabling and achieving adaptive management of the Basin's water resources.

Environmental Management Framework Implementation
Department of Agriculture and Water Resources technical reports
Commonwealth water reform investments in the Murray–Darling Basin: Analysis of social and economic outcomes
Economic effects of the Commonwealth water recovery programs in the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area
Updated: 13 Dec 2021  •   MDBA reports