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Audit and assurance

Auditing and assurance review is a critical tool for the Murray–Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) in encouraging and monitoring compliance with the Basin Plan.

The MDBA has a broad audit function with significant information gathering, inspection and investigation powers under the Water Act and the Basin Plan. The MDBA will undertake and publish its own monitoring, auditing and, if required, undertake investigations to provide the community with confidence that Basin Plan reporting is accurate and implementation is on track.

Audits and investigations may be undertaken as part of the annual work program, or may be instigated in response to a specific incident or intelligence received.

Annual audit work program 2019–20

Item No. Title Objective Compliance Priority
1

Meter reading and water take reporting processes – Victoria

To assess the adequacy and effectiveness of systems and procedures Victoria has in place to ensure the accuracy of meter read data collected and the integrity of data provided to the MDBA through s71 water take reporting.

Metering

SDL Compliance

Compliance Enforcement arrangements

2 Meter reading and water take reporting processes – South Australia

To assess the adequacy and effectiveness of systems and procedures SA has in place to ensure the accuracy of meter read data collected and the integrity of data provided to the MDBA through s71 water take reporting.

Metering

SDL Compliance

Compliance Enforcement arrangements

3

Water resource plan compliance in the Warrego-Paroo-Nebine Water Resource Plan area – Queensland

To assess the adequacy and effectiveness of systems and procedures QLD has in place to ensure compliance with the Warrego-Paroo-Nebine Water Resource Plan.

Metering

Unmeasured take

SDL accounting compliance

Compliance Enforcement arrangements

4 Interstate Trade between Queensland and New South Wales

An audit of the adequacy and effectiveness of processes in place to account for water reported under s71 of the Water Act (2007)(Cth), with respect to water traded between Queensland and New South Wales.

SDL accounting compliance

Trade Market efficiency

5

Protection of Environmental water in the southern connected Basin

To review controls and procedures to deliver, protect and account for environmental water in the Southern Basin, including in relation to implementation of the pre-requisite policy measures agreed to as part of the sustainable diversion limit adjustment mechanism.

Environmental Water
6 NSW Metering policy implementation

To review the implementation of the new NSW metering policy, particularly focusing on the requirement that all high risk/high volume users (for example, those with pump sizes greater than 500ML) be metered with telemetry by December 31 2019.  The review will have a particular focus on the Barwon─Darling region and elsewhere in the northern Basin.

Metering

Note: This is the planned audit MDBA audit program for 2019/20.  The MDBA may choose to alter or add to this audit program in response to new information or events, changing circumstances or arising risks, at any time. 

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Metering reviews
Lower Murrumbidgee Metering Review

In May 2019, the Murray–Darling Basin Authority conducted a review to assess the adequacy and effectiveness of the measurement, recording and reporting arrangements for metered surface water usage in the lower Murrumbidgee.

Condamine Alluvium Metering Review

In early 2019, the Murray–Darling Basin Authority conducted a review to assess the adequacy and effectiveness of the metering and monitoring processes for water licence holders in the Condamine Alluvium.

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2019 Water trade price reporting audit

During 2018–19, the MDBA conducted a two-part audit of water trade price reporting. This first part of the audit assessed the effectiveness of the processes and procedures of each Basin state to collect, validate, record and report accurate water trade pricing information for the water year 2017-18. The second part of the audit assessed water traders’ compliance with the requirement to report accurate price information to their relevant approval authority in accordance with s12.48 of the Basin Plan.

Trade Price Audit Overview
Part 1 – MDBA audit of Basin states’ processes
Part 2 – Independent assurance report of individual trades
Summary of Part 2 Independent assurance report of individual trades
Response to recommendations from Trade Price Audit
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Northern Rivers Connectivity Event Review
The MDBA and the Natural Resources Access Regulator reviewed the effectiveness of governance and management arrangements, operational activities, compliance processes and procedures to ensure compliance.
Updated: 31 Oct 2019  •   MDBA reports