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River improvement trusts

River improvement trusts are established to protect and improve rivers. They are responsible for:

  • repairing and preventing damage to rivers
  • preventing or mitigating riverine flooding of land.

Each trust plans, designs, finances, undertakes and maintains stream improvement works for the benefit of the community within its river improvement area.

At present there are 11 river improvement trusts in Queensland: three in the Darling Downs region, two in the Ipswich area in South East Queensland and six located in the tropical north coast area between the Whitsundays and Mossman.

These trusts are statutory bodies constituted under the River Improvement Trust Act 1940. The Act provides a trust with the powers to undertake its functions, including the ability to raise funds, enter land, occupy land, enter into contracts and carry out works.

For a river improvement trust and its associated area to be constituted by regulation, a local government may make an application to the Minister for Natural Resources and Mines.

The area comprising the river improvement area for each trust is stated in Schedule 1 of the River Improvement Trust Regulation 2013 (PDF). Plans describing the river improvement areas are held by the department.

Annual reports

As statutory bodies, river improvement trusts are obliged to provide an annual report and audited financial statements each financial year.

A summary of these reports is published by the department.

You can view past annual report summary documents in the library catalogue.

Final reports

River improvement trusts that have transitioned away from government are required to report on their final period before transition (from 1 July to the last day of their status as a statutory body).

Final reports and audited financial statements are published by the department.

Public interest disclosures

To assist river improvement trusts in complying with provisions of the Public Interest Disclosure Act 2010, the department has developed a template Procedure for Managing Public Interest Disclosures (DOC, 425.0KB).

Further information on public interest disclosures is available at the website of the Office of the Queensland Ombudsman.

Strategic plans

To comply with the provisions of the Financial and Performance Management Standard 2009, river improvement trusts have prepared strategic plans (PDF, 1.2MB) and submitted these to the department for publishing.

Contact us

To view details of Queensland's river improvement trusts, visit the Department of Premier and Cabinet's register.

For more information or for a copy of an area map for a particular river improvement trust, contact the Manager, Catchment Programs on (07) 3199 7824.


Last updated: 15 March 2017

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