Reviews and reports

Reviews and reports

Inquiry into the management of Murray–Darling Basin water resources

The Interim Inspector-General has completed the inquiry into the management of Murray–Darling Basin water resources. 

The Impact of lower inflows on state shares under the Murray-Darling Basin Agreement report is now available. The report was provided to Minister for Resources, Water and Northern Australia, the Hon Keith Pitt MP, on 30 March 2020.

The Interim Inspector-General held a public webinar on 21 May 2020 to present the inquiry findings.

Due to the current restrictions in place from COVID-19, it was not possible for the Interim Inspector-General to visit Basin communities in-person to present his findings.

The webinar recording, transcript and questions and response are now available.

Transcript - Webinar DOCX  [90 KB, 14 page]

Webinar: Questions and Response PDF [172 KB, 6 page]

Webinar: Questions and Response DOCX [42 KB, 6 page]

Australian Government

Title Author Status
Impact of lower inflows on state shares under the Murray-Darling Basin Agreement PDF [54 pages, 2.6 MB]

Impact of lower inflows on state shares under the Murray-Darling Basin Agreement DOCX [54 pages, 2.0 MB]
Interim Inspector-General of Murray–Darling Basin Water Resources 17 April 2020
MDBA response to the investigation report: release of the Murray Darling Basin Authority’s report ‘Monitoring first flush flows in the Namoi, Macquarie and Warrego Rivers - Remote sensing for compliance and ecohydrology’ PDF [4 pages, 148 KB]

MDBA response to the investigation report: release of the Murray Darling Basin Authority’s report ‘Monitoring first flush flows in the Namoi, Macquarie and Warrego Rivers - Remote sensing for compliance and ecohydrology’ DOCX [4 pages, 40 KB]
Murray–Darling Basin Authority 11 March 2020
Investigation report: release of the Murray Darling Basin Authority’s report ‘Monitoring first flush flows in the Namoi, Macquarie and Warrego Rivers - Remote sensing for compliance and ecohydrology’ DOCX [17 pages. 180 KB] Interim Inspector-General of Murray–Darling Basin Water Resources 11 March 2020

Northern Basin Commissioner First Year Report 2019
First Year Report 2019 PDF [80 pages, 6.3MB]
First Year Report 2019 DOCX [80 pages, 4.4MB]  

Northern Basin Commissioner 5 December 2019
Murray—Darling Basin water markets inquiry Australian Competition and Consumer Commission Underway. Interim report due 30 May 2020. Final report due 30 November 2020
Multi-Jurisdictional Management and Execution of the Murray—Darling Basin Plan Select Committee on the Multi-Jurisdictional Management and Execution of the Murray—Darling Basin Plan Underway. The committee is due to present its final report on or before 1 November 2020
MDBA response to the South Australian Royal Commission Murray–Darling Basin Authority February 2019
Murray–Darling Basin Plan: Five-year assessment – Inquiry report Productivity Commission Published
25 January 2019
Joint Basin government response to the Productivity Commission inquiry report: Murray—Darling Basin Plan: Five-year assessment Council of Australian Governments Published
9 August 2019
Response to fish deaths in the Lower Darling Independent Panel led by Professor Rob Vertessy Published
29 March 2019
Report on the inquiry into the management and use of Commonwealth environmental water Standing Committee on the Environment and Energy Published 7 December 2018
The integrity of the water market in the Murray—Darling Basin – Report Senate Standing Committees on Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Published 29 November 2018
The integrity of the water market in the Murray—Darling Basin – Second Interim Report  Senate Standing Committees on Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Published 22 March 2018
Murray—Darling Basin Compliance Compact and annual assurance report Basin governments Agreed by Murray—Darling Basin Ministerial Council 8 June 2018. Endorsed by the Council of Australian Governments 12 December 2018
2017 Basin Plan evaluation Murray-Darling Basin Authority Published December 2017
Inquiry into water use efficiency in Australian agriculture – Making every drop count Standing Committee on Agriculture and Water Resources Published 20 December 2017
The integrity of the water market in the Murray—Darling Basin – Interim Report  Senate Standing Committees on Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Published 5 December 2017
The Murray—Darling Basin Water Compliance Review Murray-Darling Basin Authority Published
25 November 2017

Basin state and territory governments

Title Author Status

NSW Water Reform Action Plan

NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment

In progress

NSW Water reform Action Plan Independent Review

Risk-e Business Consultants

Published 28 February 2019

Murray—Darling Basin Royal Commission Report

Murray—Darling Basin Royal Commission

Published 29 January 2019

Independent Audit of Queensland non-urban water measurement and compliance

Mr Tim Waldron, Mr Ian Johnson, Professor Poh Ling Tan

Published 8 June 2018

Independent audit of Queensland non-urban water measurement and compliance: Queensland government response

Qld Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy

Published 8 June 2018

Interim report: Independent investigation into NSW water management and compliance

Ken Matthews AO

Published 8 September 2017

Final report: Independent investigation into NSW water management and compliance

Ken Matthews AO

Published 8 September 2017

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