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Compliance and enforcement documents

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The compliance and enforcement policy

The Compliance and Enforcement Policy outlines the Murray–Darling Basin Authority's (MDBA) approach to compliance and enforcement under the Water Act 2007 (Cwlth) and the Basin Plan 2012 (Cwlth). The Policy explains to the community, businesses, regulated entities and government agencies how and why the MDBA conducts its compliance and enforcement activities.

Compliance priorities 2018–19

The MDBA sets compliance priorities for each water year (July – June) based on a horizon scan and a detailed risk assessment of Basin Plan non-compliance for each of the MDBA's key compliance areas, as set out in the MDBA's Compliance and Enforcement Policy.

Timeline of the Basin Compliance review recommendations
Compliance escalation pathway
Memorandum of Understanding with the NSW Natural Resources Access Regulator
Model improvement program

The MDBA continues to develop and use hydrologic models to inform policy, Basin Plan compliance activities, management and operations of rivers in the Murray–Darling Basin. Through the Murray–Darling Basin Water Compliance Review, the MDBA committed to “publish a model improvement program for its hydrologic models”. The Model Improvement Program outlines components and timeframes for three models used to support Basin Plan implementation: the Source Murray Model, the Integrated Modelling Framework, and Hydrodynamic Models. Read the Model improvement program - MDBA hydrological models.

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Basin compliance compact

The draft Compliance Compact was agreed by the Murray–Darling Basin Ministerial Council at its 8 June 2018 meeting. The Compact will now be considered by the Council of Australian Governments later this year. The Compact is an agreed work plan for governments to ensure water rules are complied with and enforced. Read the Basin compliance compact and independent review

Published: 03 Sep 2018  •   MDBA reports