Socio-economic effects of Commonwealth water recovery in the Murray-Darling Basin

​Insights from the Regional Wellbeing Surveys (2013-2018)

Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment, September 2020.

As part of the University of Canberra’s regular Regional Wellbeing Surveys, irrigators across the Murray–Darling Basin have provided their views and experiences of Commonwealth water recovery programs. This has helped improve understanding of the socio-economic effects of these programs – in particular the experiences of irrigators involved in, or affected by on- and off-farm irrigation infrastructure upgrades and in selling water entitlements to the government.

The following reports present socio-economic insights from individual Regional Wellbeing Surveys along with a summary of the findings from the 2013-2016 surveys.

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2018 Survey    
Water Reform: Socio-economic effects of investment in water infrastructure in the Murray-Darling Basin – Findings from the 2018 Regional Wellbeing Survey DOCX  105 647 KB
Water Reform: Socio-economic effects of investment in water infrastructure in the Murray-Darling Basin – Findings from the 2018 Regional Wellbeing Survey DOCX  105 1.83 MB
Summary of findings: 2013-2016 surveys    
Socio-economic effects of Commonwealth water recovery in the Murray-Darling Basin: Insights from the Regional Wellbeing Survey (2013-2016) DOCX  14 736 KB
Socio-economic effects of Commonwealth water recovery in the Murray-Darling Basin: Insights from the Regional Wellbeing Survey (2013-2016) PDF  14 1.04 MB
2016 survey    
Water Reform: Socio-economic effects of investment in water infrastructure DOCX  168 2.23 MB
Water Reform: Socio-economic effects of investment in water infrastructure PDF  168 3.64 MB
2015 survey    
Water Reform: Assessing effects of investment in water infrastructure and water entitlement purchase DOCX  118 3.26 MB
Water Reform: Assessing effects of investment in water infrastructure and water entitlement purchase PDF  118 3.62 MB
2013 and 2014 surveys (combined results)    
Socio-economic outcomes of investment in on-farm and off-farm water infrastructure improvement: Regional Wellbeing Survey analysis DOCX  38 1.84 MB
Socio-economic outcomes of investment in on-farm and off-farm water infrastructure improvement: Regional Wellbeing Survey analysis PDF  38 2.07 MB

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Last reviewed: 30 September 2020
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