Water Resource Plans flowing in

13 June 2020

Water Resource Plans for the South Australian, Queensland and Victorian areas of the Murray-Darling Basin are now in force.

Minister for Resources, Water and Northern Australia Keith Pitt thanked all Basin states and the ACT for working with the Murray-Darling Basin Authority to improve water management in the Basin.

“Each WRP is a major accomplishment for the Basin Plan and critical to water security in the Basin,” Minister Pitt said.

“What’s more, the Australian Capital Territory has now also provided its Water Resource Plans for assessment and New South Wales has submitted 11 of its 20 Water Resource Plans.

“This is excellent progress. With those accredited Plans, Basin states give more certainty to water users about how water is used in particular regions and how much water can be taken. 

“Specifically, accredited WRPs will improve transparency and provide clear arrangements for water management across the Basin. 

“These WRPs allow for water management to take into account the uses and values of First Nations people, such as the Ngadjuri, Kaurna, Peramangk and Ngarrindjeri nations in the case of the already accredited Eastern Mount Lofty Ranges WRP in South Australia.

“The accreditation process ensures the plans stack up and deliver what’s needed. 

“Communities want that confidence. The Murray-Darling Basin Authority will continue to monitor and improve WRPs to keep water use rights fair and consistent. 

“These plans will set in place the ‘rules for racing’ and ensure the objectives of the Basin Plan are met.

“This Basin-wide effort reflects the value we all place on water and its careful management.” 

Fast Facts:

  • All Water Resource Plans (WRPs) from QLD, SA and VIC are now accredited.
  • 11 of the total 33 WRPs under the Basin Plan are now accredited.
  • Basin state governments are responsible for developing WRPs.
  • Water Resource Plans:
    • set rules for how water is used in specific Basin regions.
    • set limits on how much water can be taken from the Basin.
    • determine how water quality standards can be met.
    • increase water-use efficiency in the Murray-Darling Basin system.
    • account for Aboriginal values and uses.
    • are developed in consultation with Basin communities.
    • improve transparency of water management in the Basin.