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Sustainable diversion limit reporting and compliance framework

The Basin Plan aims to strike a balance between access to water for Basin communities, while also providing water for the environment, for the benefit of all Australians.

This balance will deliver a productive and healthy Murray–Darling Basin. Water accounting with the Basin Plan is critical to achieving this and ensuring that all Australians trust that water is being used in accordance with the rules.

At its heart, the Basin Plan sets sustainable diversion limits, which limit how much water, on average, can be used in the Basin by towns and communities, farmers, and industries, while keeping the rivers and environment healthy.

To ensure water use is within the sustainable diversion limit we are required to establish, maintain and publish a register of the amount of water taken each year in each region across the Basin.

In response to the change in roles and responsibilities, the Murray–Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) is developing a new framework for 2020–2021.

The Sustainable Diversion Limit Reporting and Compliance Framework outlines the approach we will take when reporting with the sustainable diversion limits.

Managing water is a shared responsibility because water is a shared resource. Both Basin state governments and the Australian Government have a key role in ensuring water laws are adhered to.

Basin state governments are the regulators and the frontline for policing water use in the Basin

Individual compliance with local rules and licences is the responsibility of the Basin state governments. They are responsible for ensuring state compliance systems are effective, and for enforcing the rules, many of which are outlined in water resource plans.

Updated: 23 Dec 2021