The Murray–Darling Basin is home to Australia’s most significant river system, and covers parts of Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, and the Australian Capital Territory.
The Queensland Murray–Darling Basin (QMDB) comprises the Border Rivers, Moonie, Condamine and Balonne, Nebine, Warrego, and Paroo catchments.
Along with the Commonwealth government, we are working to manage the water resources of the QMDB in a way that best meets social, economic and environmental needs.
The Murray–Darling Basin Plan (Basin Plan) provides a framework to manage the water resources of the basin, and sets out reductions in water diversions for basin catchments
The plan requires Basin States to undertake monitoring and reporting as well as prepare Commonwealth-accredited water resource plans. Read about Queensland's role in the plan and how our State water resource plans will be reviewed and updated by 2019.
To bridge the gap between the current level of water diversions and the levels set out in the Basin Plan, the Commonwealth is running water recovery programs to return water to the environment. Read about water recovery in the QMDB.
Queensland established local groups during the preparation phase of the Basin Plan to build on the stakeholder consultation undertaken by the Murray–Darling Basin Authority. This ensured Queensland communities were heard, and will continue to be heard during the implementation phase.
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