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Water compliance reporting

Easy to locate, consistent reporting is critical to the transparency of compliance frameworks and practices, and underpins community confidence in the effectiveness of the compliance system.

The Murray–Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) has developed a guideline for annual reporting of compliance and enforcement activities by state and Australian government water agencies. The guideline reflects the reporting requirements of the National Framework for Compliance and Enforcement Systems for Water Resources and the Murray–Darling Basin Compliance Compact.

The MDBA reports annually against the components of the guideline that are applicable to the MDBA’s regulatory role and powers. The guideline and MDBA’s annual reports are published below.

Basin state agencies are responsible for completing and publishing their own annual reporting of their compliance and enforcement activities.

Publically accessible information about Basin state water compliance activities can be found at:

Jurisdiction Responsible agency Reporting
New South Wales Natural Resources Access Regulator

Queensland Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy

Not published

Victoria Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning

South Australia Department of Environment and Water

Australian Capital Territory ACT Environment Protection Authority Statistical information on annual compliance activities is published in the Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Annual Report. The 2017-2018 report is available at



MDBA compliance activity reporting
Guidelines for annual reporting on water compliance activities
Murray–Darling Basin Authority compliance activity reports 2018–19
Murray–Darling Basin Authority compliance activity reports 2017–18
MDBA-NRAR joint work program 2018-2019

In February 2018, the MDBA and the NRAR entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) outlining how the agencies will work together and share information on compliance matters. The MoU provides for a joint work program to strengthen water compliance arrangements.

A report on the commitments contained in the Joint Work Program for 2018-2019 follows.


Every three months the MDBA also updates and publishes its register of allegations received.  This register reports all allegations of non-compliance received, and includes matters referred to state water agencies where it has been determined that they have regulatory responsibility for the issues raised.

Register of allegations of non-compliance received by the Murray–Darling Basin Authority
Register of non-compliance allegations - January 2020
Register of non-compliance allegations - August 2019
Register of non-compliance allegations - April 2019
Register of non-compliance allegations - January 2019
Register of non-compliance allegations - October 2018
Register of non-compliance allegations - July 2018
Register of non-compliance allegations - February 2018
Register of non-compliance allegations - November 2017
Updated: 07 Feb 2020  •   MDBA reports