Murray–Darling Basin

​​The Murray–Darling Basin Plan delivers on the Australian Government's commitment to restore the Basin's rivers and wetlands to health while supporting strong regional communities and sustainable food production. Building better infrastructure is at the core of the government’s vision for a productive and healthy Basin, and supports continued long-term support for agricultural productivity and profitability across the Basin.

To return the Murray–Darling river system to health, the Basin Plan requires recovery of 2 750 GL of surface water for the environment. The government has prioritised infrastructure investment as its preferred method of water recovery.

See monthly updates on water recovery progress to the sustainable diversion limits, as set out in the Basin Plan.

Since 2007–08, the Australian Government has committed almost $13 billion to implement water reforms in the Murray–Darling Basin. Of this, more than $8 billion is committed specifically for irrigation infrastructure and efficiency programmes.

Murray–Darling Basin Plan

The Murray–Darling Basin Plan provides an integrated and strategic framework for water reform, consistent with the requirements of the Water Act. The independent Murray–Darling Basin Authority developed the Basin Plan.

See the Murray–Darling Basin Plan on the authority's website.

Inspector-General of Murray–Darling Basin Water Resources

The government is creating a new Inspector-General of Murray–Darling Basin Water Resources position. This role will help deliver the Murray–Darling Basin Plan. They will improve transparency, accountability and community confidence.

Read more about the new Inspector-General role.

Murray–Darling Basin policy

The department is committed to delivering water reforms in the Murray–Darling Basin, and is working with Basin governments to improve Basin Plan outcomes through the Sustainable Diversion Limit (SDL) adjustment mechanism​.

Water programs

The Australian Government funds a number of water programs within the Murray–Darling Basin.


Last reviewed: 4 November 2019
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