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Transitional SDL water take reports

The Basin Plan introduced a new water accounting and compliance framework based on sustainable diversion limits that begins on the 1 July 2019. Since 2012, the MDBA and the Basin states have been trialling the methods underpinning the compliance and sustainable diversion limits to ensure a smooth transition occurs between Cap reporting and SDL reporting.

The Transition Period Water Take Report 2017–18 reports the consumptive take of water from the Murray-Darling Basin under both the Cap compliance reporting and the trial SDL accounts. It also reports on environmental water held, available and used in 2017–18.

It is important to note that the Cap compliance for the 2017–18 water year is the only Basin scale compliance framework. The transition SDL water accounting and compliance are a proof of concept during 2017–18 and have no compliance consequence. They are a benchmark against which the MDBA has monitored and will continue to improve SDL water accounting and reporting.

The SDL water accounting and compliance has been prepared using the amendments to the Basin Plan in 2018 as well as applying the actual SDL method for the first time as opposed to using the transitional diversion limit method. These changes to the report have been retrospectively applied to provide opportunity to display how the accounts will be reported when compliance commences.

The retrospective changes to the SDL water accounting and compliance accounts for the 2017–18 water year will produce a number of differences which are explained in the report.

From 1 July 2019 the SDL water accounting and compliance arrangements are enforceable.

More information

State narrative reports

When Basin states submit their transitional SDL water accounting data to the MDBA each year they also provide narrative reports setting out the particular water availability and reporting conditions experienced in that state in the relevant year. There may be differences between the volumes in the state narrative reports and those in the transitional SDL accounts. Such differences are likely the result of the significant change from Cap to SDL water take accounting and the extensive collaboration between the MDBA and each Basin state to ensure the transitional SDL accounts are prepared consistent with the Basin Plan.

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Transitional Period Water Take reports
Transitional water take report 2017-18 - full report
Transitional water take report 2017-18 - a snapshot
Transitional water take report 2016-17
Transitional-period-water-take-report-2012-13-to-2015–16
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Annual diversions from the River Murray and its tributaries
Annual diversions from the River Murray and its tributaries

The MDBA has published the water diverted from the River Murray and its tributaries. This information is also published in the Transition Period Water Take Reports and Cap Compliance Reports, but here the information is presented at a smaller scale and by specific purpose. The tributaries include the Kiewa, Ovens, Goulburn, Broken, Loddon and Campaspe in Victoria and the Murrumbidgee in NSW. Where data is available, the diversion data is also split by river sections and/or irrigation districts. The specific uses include water taken by private diverters and for urban, stock and domestic and industrial uses. It covers the years from 1997-98 to 2017-18.

Of particular note:

  • The annual diversion data includes interstate and across valley trade. For example, where water is traded from NSW to South Australia, the diversions are reported in South Australia.
  • The annual diversion data excludes losses due to conveyance along the river to the point of offtake, but for irrigation areas, it includes conveyance losses from the point of river offtake to run in supply channels.

The aim of this publication is to illustrate trends in water use in different regions in the southern Murray-Darling Basin, with focus on the River Murray and its tributaries. It may help understand how priorities of water use change over time depending upon the changes in climate, water in storages, irrigators’ behaviour and land use.

For additional information and trend analysis, please see MDBA’s Transition Period Water Take Reports and Cap Compliance Reports

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Surface and Groundwater trial water accounts on one page

The information presented in the Transition Period Water Take Reports draws on transitional water take accounts for surface water and groundwater that have been prepared in a way that is consistent with the SDL water accounting and compliance framework. These accounts are set out over several pages at Appendix 1 and 2 of the reports. For easier viewing of these accounts on screen, these have been made available as separate, single page documents.

2017–18 surface water trial SDL water take account
2017–18 groundwater trial SDL water take account
2016–17 surface water trial SDL water take account
2016–17 groundwater trial SDL water take account
2012–13 to 2015–16 surface water trial SDL water take account
2012–13 to 2015-16 groundwater trial SDL water take account
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State narrative reports 2017-18 water year
Queensland narrative report 2017–18
New South Wales narrative report 2017–18
Australian Capital Territory narrative report 2017–18
Victoria narrative report 2017–18
South Australia narrative report 2017–18
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State narrative reports 2016–17 water year
Queensland narrative report 2016–17
New South Wales narrative report 2016–17
Victoria narrative report 2016–17
South Australia narrative report 2016–17
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State narrative reports 2015-16 water year
Queensland narrative report 2015-16
New South Wales narrative report 2015-16
Australian Capital Territory narrative report 2015-16
Victoria narrative report 2015-16
South Australia narrative report 2015-16
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State narrative reports 2014-15 water year
Queensland narrative report 2014-15
New South Wales narrative report 2014-15
Australian Capital Territory narrative report 2014-15
Victoria narrative report 2014-15
South Australia narrative report 2014-15
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State narrative reports 2013-14 water year
Queensland narrative report 2013-14
New South Wales narrative report 2013-14
Australian Capital Territory narrative report 2013-14
Victoria narrative report 2013-14
South Australia narrative report 2013-14
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State narrative reports 2012-13 water year
Queensland narrative report 2012-13
New South Wales narrative report 2012-13
Australian Capital Territory narrative report 2012-13
Victoria narrative report 2012-13
South Australia narrative report 2012-13
Updated: 09 Dec 2019  •   MDBA reports