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Queensland Murray-Darling Basin

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.

What's new

  • Queensland's annual environmental water priorities for 2017-18 (PDF, 567.4KB) have now been prepared. The document outlines potential environmental watering opportunities for the coming year and expected environmental outcomes that the Authority will use to evaluate the effectiveness of the Basin Plan.
  • The Warrego, Paroo, Bulloo and Nebine state water plan commenced on 12 February 2016 and the resource operations plan commenced on 13 May 2016. More information, including the long-term environmental plan, is available on the catchment page. The Commonwealth water resource package for the Warrego, Paroo and Nebine plan area has been assessed by the Murray-Darling Basin Authority and has been submitted to theMinister for Agriculture and Water Resources for accreditation.
  • Queensland worked with the Murray-Darling Basin Authority, Australian Government and New South Wales on the Northern Basin Review. The review was finalised in November 2016 and recommends reducing the water recovery target in the Northern Basin from 390 gigalitres to 320 gigalitres. However the environmental outcomes of the Basin Plan can be maintained by targeting where the water is recovered from. Work is progressing to agree on a range of ‘toolkit measures’ to provide non-flow environmental benefits.

Murray–Darling Basin Plan

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 Basin 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 plans will be reviewed and updated by 2019.

Water recovery

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

Community engagement

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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Last updated: 5 June 2017

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