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Basin Plan

What is the Basin Plan?

The Murray-Darling Basin Plan is an historic, bipartisan agreement about how the water that flows down the nation's longest river system is managed to ensure its long term health.

The Basin Plan was adopted in November 2012, after the Commonwealth reached an accord with each of the Basin states: Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and the Australian Capital Territory.

Essentially, the Basin Plan restricts the amount of water that can be taken from the Basin each year, to leave enough for the rivers, lakes and wetlands and the plants and animals that depend on them.

The Basin Plan is being implemented in a partnership between the Murray-Darling Basin Authority, the Australian Government, New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory.

Implementing the Basin Plan

The South Australian Government is committed to implementing the Basin Plan.

Implementation of the Basin Plan provides many benefits including the delivery of critical human water needs, water trade, securing the quality of our River Murray water supply and providing water for the environment.

South Australia is working hard to make sure that the Basin Plan is implemented as intended and significant progress has been made towards this. You can download the 2017-18 progress update or follow the links below for more information on our progress:

Progress across the Basin

  • Secured over 2000 gigalitres of water for the environment.
  • More than 750 watering events since 2013-14 that are delivering real environmental benefits across the Basin.
  • Irrigated agriculture has been maintained at around $7 billion annually even with recovery of water for the environment.

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