The Murray–Darling Basin traverses much of south-eastern Australia, across New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory. The rivers system is important for communities, industries and for the environment. It is important ecologically, containing 16 Ramsar listed wetlands, is home to 2.6 million people and produces $24 billion in agricultural production a year.
Murray–Darling Basin Plan
The Murray–Darling Basin Plan is a long-term $13 billion investment in Australia’s most important food bowl, its people and its environment.
The Murray–Darling Basin Plan is a plan by all Basin governments to restore the Basin's rivers and wetlands to health while supporting strong regional communities and sustainable food production. To return the Murray–Darling river system to health, the Basin Plan requires recovery of 2 750 GL of consumptive water for the environment.
Australian Government's commitment to Future-Proof Australia's Water Resources
The Australian Government will future-proof Australia’s water resources by establishing a National Water Commission and broadening the National Water Grid Investment Framework so it can fund a wider range of water supply projects.
Find out more about the plan to future-proof Australia's water resources.