Resources

These resources highlight useful information about the Murray–Darling Basin.

Animations

Fact sheets

Television commercial

Animations

Water

Water – the most important resource on our planet.

Not only does it play a vital role in human health and wellbeing...

…but it also supports our environment, grows our food, and sustains our animals, plants and communities.

The Murray–Darling Basin is Australia's largest river system and it pumps life through our nation.

Each year, the Basin’s farms produce more than one-third of Australia’s food, and its rivers provide water to more than 3 million Australians.

But droughts and increasing demand for water have led to many rivers and wetlands being degraded.

The degradation of rivers and wetlands has reduced food and shelter for native animals and interrupted their breeding cycles.

We need to act now to protect this important region and its water.

Head to www.murraydarling.gov.au to find out how the Australian Government's plan will restore the Murray–Darling rivers.

Water and the future

The Murray–Darling Basin is Australia’s largest river system. It spans 4 states and a territory.

The rivers sustain life for the animals, plants, and more than 2.3 million Australians living in the Basin.

The rivers, lakes and wetlands attract visitors from around Australia and the world, boosting the local economy by $15 billion each year.

They are also home to several rare and endangered species of plants and animals.

Increased water usage, droughts, and man-made changes to how the rivers flow have led to many of the Basin’s rivers and wetlands being degraded.

This is affecting the plants, animals, tourism and communities that rely on these wetlands and waterways.

We need to act now to ensure that the rivers are healthy so they can sustain life for people, plants, animals and communities.

Visit murraydarling.gov.au to find out how the Australian Government's plan will restore the Murray–Darling rivers.

Water and our economy

Australia is the driest inhabited continent in the world. We face unique challenges when it comes to water.

The Murray–Darling Basin is Australia’s largest river system. Water from the rivers sustains communities across the nation and plays an essential role in supporting Australia’s economy.

The Basin sustains jobs for a wide range of industries, including agriculture and tourism.

Tourism in the Basin earns around $15 billion each year.

Fishing, boating and other recreational water activities are only possible in clean, safe water.

Collectively the Basin’s farms produce more than one-third of our food each year and contribute around $30 billion to the Australian economy.

Water management and land-use practices, as well as natural processes, like drought, affect water quality in this large and complex river system.

Carefully managing the Murray–Darling rivers is essential to keeping the economy strong and sustaining livelihoods in our rural communities.

Visit murraydarling.gov.au to find out how the Australian Government's plan will restore the Murray–Darling rivers.

Fact sheets

These resources highlight useful information about the importance of water, and the role and future of the Murray–Darling Basin.

Further resources will be added to this page as they are developed.

Importance of water

The importance of water (PDF 261.5 KB)
The importance of water (DOCX 27.5 KB)

The role of the Murray–Darling

The role of the Murray–Darling river system (PDF 214.87 KB)
The role of the Murray–Darling river system (DOCX 22.96 KB)

Television commercial

The Murray–Darling rivers pump life through our nation.

To our farms, communities, and environment.

But water’s being overused. And the next drought is only a matter of time.

We have to make sure there’s enough water, otherwise the rivers may run dry.

If we don’t act, it could threaten our iconic Aussie plants and animals, our food supply, and affect the drinking water of more than 3 million Australians.

Find out how the Australian Government’s plan will restore the Murray–Darling rivers.

Authorised by the Australian Government, Canberra.

Authorised by the Australian Government, Canberra.

The Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water uses tracking tags and pixels to aid in customised, targeted follow-up advertising.
Learn more about how we manage privacy.