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Basin Plan timeline

We are working collaboratively to implement the Basin Plan. While the Basin Plan provides a framework for implementation, working with Basin states (Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and the Australian Capital Territory), Basin communities and key stakeholders is crucial in achieving a sustainable Basin system.

Continued involvement from Basin communities during implementation to provide input and feedback helps the Murray–Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) to adapt the approach and ensure the Basin can continue to support communities, the environment and industry.

The Basin Plan is being implemented over a transition period to 2024 to allow time for Basin states, communities and the Australian Government to work together to manage the changes required for a healthy working Basin.

 

 

  • 2014
  • Water trading rules begin

  • Basin environmental watering strategy published

  • Groundwater reviews completed

  • 2015
  • Long-term state environmental watering plans published

  • Roll out of the Aboriginal Cultural Flows Health Indicator

  • 2016
  • Northern Basin Review completed

  • 2017
  • Constraints projects begin

  • Interim evaluation of Basin Plan

  • Adjustment of sustainable diversion limit determined

  • 2019
  • Initial environmental water recovery completed*

  • Queensland, Australian Capital Territory, Victoria and South Australia state water resource plans accredited in line with Basin Plan

  • Sustainable diversion limits come into effect

  • Review of basin environmental watering strategy

  • 2020
  • 5-yearly report on the effectiveness of the Basin Plan published

  • 2021
  • All state water resource plans revised accredited in line with Basin Plan

  • 2022
  • 5-yearly review of environmental watering plan, water quality and salinity targets

  • 2024
  • Completion of agreed constraints measures

  • Completion of 'supply' and 'efficiency' measures for the sustainable diversion limit adjustment

  • 2025
  • 5-yearly report on the effectiveness of the Basin Plan published

  • 5-yearly review of environmental watering plan, water quality and salinity targets

  • 2026
  • Review of Basin Plan

 

* Environmental water recovery for initial 'bridging the gap' completed

 

Updated: 25 Jan 2022