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Sustainable diversion limit reporting and compliance documents

The Basin Plan sets sustainable diversion limits (SDLs), which is how much water can be taken from the Murray–Darling Basin's rivers. This limit ensures there is enough water remaining in the environment to keep the river system and groundwater resources healthy.

The Murray–Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) has the responsibility to monitor and account for Basin state water use under the sustainable diversion limit, once water resource plans have been accredited. In doing so, the MDBA must establish, maintain and publish a register of the amount of water taken each year in each SDL resource unit (region) across the Basin. The enforcement of SDLs commences in 2019.

Given water use varies considerably in dry and wet years, the accounting framework will focus on trends over time, as well as any individual water year.

We will also be monitoring trends in ‘growth-in-use’, which is when water use grows over a period of time. If this growth is consistent and causes the limit to be exceeded allocations may need to be adjusted in the future to meet the sustainable diversion limit.


Sustainable Diversion Limit Compliance and Reporting
Sustainable Diversion Limit Reporting and Compliance Framework – Summary

The SDL Reporting and Compliance Framework – Summary provides an overview of the MDBA’s approach to SDL compliance, which is set out in detail in the SDL Reporting and Compliance Framework.

The Sustainable Diversion Limit Reporting and Compliance Framework

The SDL Reporting and Compliance Framework details the Murray−Darling Basin Authority’s (MDBA's) approach to reporting and assessing Basin state compliance with the sustainable diversion limits (SDLs).

SDL Reporting and Compliance Framework Stakeholder Webinars – August 2018 – What we heard

This document summarises what we heard as a result of stakeholder webinars held by the MDBA on the draft SDL Reporting and Compliance Framework in August 2018. The webinars aimed to provide interested stakeholders with information about the draft framework and an opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback.

Updated: 23 Dec 2021  •   Policies and guidelines