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Murray-Darling Basin Royal Commission

The South Australian Government has released its response to the Royal Commission into the Murray-Darling Basin Plan and the Productivity Commission’s five-year assessment of the Plan.

The response outlines actions that will be taken by South Australia and a range of agreements reached by Basin Governments since the release of the reports. Actions are grouped in the following areas in the response:

  • Compliance and Leadership
  • Sustainability of the Murray-Darling Basin
  • Recovery and Efficiency
  • Climate Change
  • Aboriginal Engagement
  • Transparency


The Murray-Darling Basin Royal Commission was established to undertake an independent investigation into the current state of implementation of the Basin Plan and whether the Basin Plan will achieve its objects and purposes and those of the Water Act 2007(Cth). It reported to the Governor of South Australia on 29 January 2019.

The Commission collected evidence from community consultation and site visits across the Murray-Darling Basin, written submissions, oral evidence in public sessions and undertook its own research and investigations. The ability of the Commission to probe the development of the Basin Plan was limited by the non-participation of Commonwealth agencies.

This evidence and the submissions received informed the range of issues addressed in the final report released on 31 January 2019.

To access a copy of South Australia’s response to the Murray-Darling Basin Royal Commission.

To access a copy of the Murray-Darling Basin Royal Commission Report.

To access transcripts from the Murray-Darling Basin Royal Commission.

To access submissions and witness statements from the Murray-Darling Basin Royal Commission.