About the Murray-Darling Basin
The Murray-Darling Basin is a system of interconnected rivers and lakes covering most of inland NSW, extending from Queensland to South Australia. It is the twentieth largest river catchment in the world. It covers more than a million square kilometres, and contains 22 major catchments.
The sharing of water between all users in the Basin, including the environment, is important both nationally and for the more than 2.3 million people that live there, including people from over 50 different First Nations.
The Basin is also home to 16 internationally significant wetlands, 35 endangered species and 120 waterbird species.
The Basin in managed together by the Australian Government and the respective State Governments of, NSW, Queensland, Victoria, South Australia and the Australian Capital Territory.
Murray-Darling Basin Plan
Murray Darling Basin Plan
The Murray-Darling Basin Plan (the Basin Plan) was developed as a requirement of the Commonwealth Water Act 2007.
It sets the amount of water that can be taken from the Basin each year, while leaving enough for our rivers, lakes and wetlands and the plants and animals that depend on them. This amount is called the Sustainable Diversion Limit (SDL).Read the Basin plan
Murray-Darling Basin Authority
The Murray-Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) is an independent statutory agency in the Australian Government. The MDBA is responsible for planning the Basin's water resources as a whole and working with Basin states, industries and communities to manage the Basin’s water resources.
Find out more at the Murray Darling Basin Authority website
The SDLAM Acceleration Program brings forward over $330 million worth of investment in regional infrastructure to help implement the Basin Plan. The Acceleration Program aims to deliver three SDLAM projects and two key components of one SDLAM project to deliver up to 45 GL of the 605 GL SDLAM target. Find out more.
The Better Baaka program is a holistic, system-wide approach to regional water infrastructure planning and operations to address the issues facing the Darling-Baaka River system. The program includes the rescoped Menindee Lakes SDLAM project. Find out more.
The Better Bidgee program considers a range of initiatives, including the rescoped SDLAM Yanco Creek Offtake Project, to improve connectivity throughout the Murrumbidgee system and deliver upon Basin Plan outcomes. Find out more.
The Reconnecting River Country Program aims to achieve a balance of economic, social, cultural and environmental outcomes across southern NSW by improving wetland and floodplain connectivity. Find out more.
The MDBA website has information about other projects and programs also being delivered to sustainably manage the Basin.
Water resource plans
Under the Basin Plan, there are limits for the Basin as a whole, with additional limits for individual valleys and catchments, as to how much water can be taken from the system. To ensure these limits are not exceeded, NSW is required to develop 20 Water resource plans.