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Submissions and responses by the Murray–Darling Basin Authority

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Productivity Commission Inquiry into National Water Reform

Under the Water Act 2007 (Cth), the Commission is required to undertake three-yearly inquiries into the progress of reform in Australia’s water resources sector. This is the second such inquiry. It is looking at the progress of all Australian governments in achieving the objectives, outcomes and timelines of reform directions proposed in the 2004 Intergovernmental Agreement on a National Water Initiative (NWI). The MDBA has responded to the National Water Reform issues paper released in May 2020. The final inquiry report is to be handed to the Australian Government in early 2021.

MDBA submission to the Productivity Commission on National Water Reform – August 2020
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Senate Select Committee on the Multi-jurisdictional Management and Execution of the Murray–Darling Basin Plan

On 23 July 2019, the Senate resolved to establish the Select Committee on the Multi-Jurisdictional Management and Execution of the Murray–Darling Basin Plan. The committee inquired into matters relating to the responsibilities for Commonwealth, state and territory governments arising out of the Murray–Darling Basin Plan. It examined the effects of the different approaches of the basin states to water resource management in the Murray–Darling Basin and considered the complications in respect of basin-wide or cross jurisdiction oversight.

Submission to the Senate Select Committee on the Multi-jurisdictional Management and Execution of the Murray–Darling Basin Plan – March 2020
Submission to the Senate Select Committee on the Multi-jurisdictional Management and Execution of the Murray–Darling Basin Plan – September 2019
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Submission on the Australian Government’s draft Drought Resilience Funding Plan

The Drought Resilience Funding Plan informs the design of the Future Drought Fund foundational programs. These include best practice business planning, information for decision making, the adoption of research and technologies, and ways to improve the resilience of the soil and vegetation on which farmers depend. The Future Drought Fund Consultative Committee advises the Minister for Drought on whether proposed programs are consistent with the Funding Plan. Consultation on the draft Drought Resilience Funding Plan began on 29 October 2019 and closed on 13 December 2019.

Submission to the Future Drought Fund Consultative Committee on the Drought Resilience Funding Plan – December 2019
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Australian Competition and Consumer Commission Murray–Darling Basin water markets inquiry

On 7 August 2019 the Government announced that it would direct the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) to conduct an inquiry into markets for tradeable water rights in the Murray–Darling Basin. The ACCC’s inquiry is consulting with a wide range of water market participants and other persons involved in water markets in the Murray–Darling Basin. The ACCC released an issues paper on 17 October 2019 seeking views on the key issues affecting markets for tradeable water rights in the Murray–Darling Basin. Submissions to the issues paper closed 29 November 2019.

Submission to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s October 2019 Issues paper on the Murray–Darling Basin water market inquiry – December 2019
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South Australian Parliament Select Committee inquiry into the findings of the Murray–Darling Basin Royal Commission and Productivity Commission as they relate to the Decisions of the South Australian Government

A Select Committee of the South Australian Legislative Council was established to inquire into and report on the findings of the Murray–Darling Basin Royal Commission and Productivity Commission as they relate to decisions of the South Australian Government.

Submission to the South Australian Parliament Select Committee inquiry – August 2019
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Environment and Communications Legislation Committee’s inquiry into the Murray–Darling Basin Commission of Inquiry Bill 2019

On 4 July 2019 the Australian Senate referred the Murray–Darling Basin Commission of Inquiry Bill 2019 to the Environment and Communications Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 19 September 2019. The Bill would establish a commission of inquiry, with the same powers as a royal commission, to inquire into the management of the Murray–Darling Basin water resources and related matters.

Submission to the Environment and Communications Legislation Committee – July 2019
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Submission to the New South Wales Natural Resources Commission

The NSW Natural Resources Commission (the Commission) is an independent body with broad investigating and reporting functions for the purposes of establishing a sound evidence basis for the properly informed management of natural resources in the social, economic and environmental interests of the State. The Commission aims to be of service to the people of NSW through providing independent, evidence-based advice and thought leadership to Government to secure triple bottom line outcomes in natural resource management.

Submission to the New South Wales Natural Resources Commission – April 2019
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Submission to the Senate Standing Committee on Rural and Regional Affairs - Export Control Amendment (Banning Cotton Exports to Ensure Water Security) Bill 2019

The purpose of the Export Control Amendment (Banning Cotton Exports to Ensure Water Security) Bill 2019 is to ensure water and food security in the Murray–Darling Basin through the imposition of a ban on the export of cotton from Australia. The Bill lapsed at the end of the 45th Parliament. The committee is therefore not tabling a report, but agreed to table all submissions and associated material, including correspondence received as part of the inquiry.

Submission to the Senate Standing Committee – April 2019
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Environment and Communications Legislation Committee’s inquiry into the Water Amendment (Purchase Limit Repeal) Bill 2019

On 14 February 2019, the Senate, on the recommendation of the Selection of Bills Committee, referred the Water Amendment (Purchase Limit Repeal) Bill 2019 to the Environment and Communications Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 26 March 2019. This Bill proposes to amend the Water Act 2007 to repeal the statutory limit of 1,500 gigalitres on Commonwealth purchases of surface water across the Murray–Darling Basin.

Submission to the Environment and Communications Legislation Committee – February 2019
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South Australian Murray–Darling Basin Royal Commission

The South Australian Government established an independent Commission of Inquiry to inquire into matters including the alleged non-compliance with the Basin Plan, the current state of implementation of the Basin Plan, and whether the Basin Plan will achieve its objects and purposes and those of the Water Act 2007 (Cth).

MDBA response to the Royal Commission – February 2019
MDBA submission to the SA Royal Commission – September 2018
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Productivity Commission

The Productivity Commission conducts five yearly inquiries into the effectiveness of the implementation of the Basin Plan and water resource plans. The MDBA’s submission to the Productivity Commission for the 2018 review reports on the role of the Murray–Darling Basin Authority, the implementation of the Basin Plan so far and the next steps for the MDBA.

Submission to the Productivity Commission – October 2018
Submission to the Productivity Commission – May 2018
Updated: 22 Sep 2020  •   MDBA reports