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Bilateral agreements with Basin state and territory governments

In late 2018 the Murray–Darling Basin Ministerial Council were updated on water resource plans (WRPs) and contingencies and agreed that the key WRP commitments will be in place from 1 July 2019.

Consistent with this Ministerial Council decision, Basin states and territory governments agreed to enter into bilateral agreements with the Commonwealth to ensure key elements of the water resource plans were given effect from 1 July 2019 where WRPs are not accredited by that date. These agreements ensured that sustainable diversion limits and measures to protect and better manage environmental water were in place from 1 July 2019.

The MDBA and NSW agreed a bilateral agreement in 2020–21 as NSW WRPs were not in effect before 1 July 2020. In June 2021 NSW and MDBA agreed to amend the existing agreement to ensure new or improved information, methods or models can be applied, through agreement, in particular WRP areas. The MDBA has published the relevant methods and materials for each NSW WRP area, for SDL compliance purposes.

Sustainable diversion limit accounting methods

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Bilateral agreement 2020–21
New South Wales

The MDBA and New South Wales signed this bilateral agreement in June 2020 and an amendment in June 2021 to bring key Basin Plan commitments into effect from 1 July 2020. This agreement promotes transparency and gives the MDBA and the community confidence in the consistent application of key Basin Plan elements across all NSW catchments. 

new-south-wales-mdba-wrp-bilateral-agreement-amendment.pdf

MDBA–NSW bilateral agreement – improved methods for 2020–21 water year

In the absence of accredited water resource plans (WRPs), New South Wales and the MDBA have agreed to provide updated, new or improved methods for a number of WRPs for the 2020–21 water accounting period as set out in the following table and agreed under Action 2.2 of Schedule 2 of the amended NSW–MDBA bilateral agreement.  

amended-methods-for-2020-2021-agreed-under-action-2-2-of-schedule-2.pdf

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Bilateral agreement reporting as at June 2021
MDBA–NSW bilateral agreement – MDBA assessment of progress

The MDBA has conducted the following assessment of progress (as at 30 June 2021) of the amended 2020–21 bilateral agreement between New South Wales and the MDBA.

MDBA–NSW bilateral agreement – NSW progress report – Cover report

New South Wales has provided the following report for the Agreement.

MDBA-NSW bilateral agreement – NSW-ACT trade agreement progress

New South Wales has provided the following report against item 5 to schedule 2 of the Agreement.

MDBA-NSW bilateral agreement – NSW Floodplain harvesting action plan

New South Wales has provided the following report against item 4 to schedule 2 of the Agreement.

MDBA-NSW bilateral agreement – Section 71 reporting progress

New South Wales has provided the following report against item 2 to schedule 2 of the Agreement.

MDBA-NSW bilateral agreement – Better Management of Environmental water work plan

New South Wales has provided the following report against item 3 to schedule 2 of the Agreement.

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Bilateral agreement reporting as at June 2020
MDBA-NSW bilateral agreement – MDBA Assessment of progress

The MDBA has conducted the following assessment of progress (as at 30 June 2020) of the 2020–21 bilateral agreement between New South Wales and MDBA.

MDBA-NSW bilateral agreement – NSW progress report – Cover report

New South Wales has provided the following report for the Agreement.

MDBA-NSW bilateral agreement – NSW Floodplain harvesting action plan

New South Wales has provided the following report against item 4 to schedule 2 of the Agreement.

MDBA-NSW bilateral agreement – NSW-ACT trade agreement progress

New South Wales has provided the following report against item 5 to schedule 2 of the Agreement.

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Bilateral agreements 2019–20
Reporting against 2019–20 bilateral agreements

A requirement of the bilateral agreements between the MDBA and Basin states is that the MDBA report against the milestones contained in the agreements. The following document sets out the agreements MDBA has established with each Basin state and territory government, the reporting relevant to the actions contained within the agreement, and the MDBA’s response to these actions.

New South Wales – Assessment of progress

The MDBA has conducted the following assessment of progress (as at 16 June 2019) of the New South Wales and MDBA bilateral agreement implementation commitments.

New South Wales – Bilateral agreement 2019–20 – now superseded by the 1 June 2020 agreement

The MDBA and New South Wales signed the bilateral agreement in February 2019 to bring key Basin Plan commitments into effect from 1 July 2019. This agreement promotes transparency and gives the MDBA and the community confidence in the consistent application of key Basin Plan elements across all NSW catchments.

Queensland – Bilateral agreement 2019–20

MDBA and Queensland signed a bilateral agreement in June 2019 to bring key Basin Plan commitments into effect from 1 July 2019. This agreement promotes transparency and gives the MDBA and the community confidence in the consistent application of key Basin Plan elements across all Queensland catchments.

South Australia – Bilateral agreement 2019–20

MDBA and South Australia signed a bilateral agreement in June 2019 to bring key Basin Plan commitments into effect from 1 July 2019. This agreement promotes transparency and gives the MDBA and the community confidence in the consistent application of key Basin Plan elements across all South Australian catchments.

Victoria – Bilateral agreement 2019–20

MDBA and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) signed a bilateral agreement in June 2019 to bring key Basin Plan commitments into effect from 1 July 2019. This agreement promotes transparency and gives the MDBA and the community confidence in the consistent application of key Basin Plan elements across all Victorian catchments.

Australian Capital Territory – Bilateral agreement 2019–20

MDBA and the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) signed a bilateral agreement in June 2019 to bring key Basin Plan commitments into effect from 1 July 2019. This agreement promotes transparency and gives the MDBA and the community confidence in the consistent application of key Basin Plan elements across all ACT catchments.