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Basin Officials Committee

The Basin Officials Committee was established by the Murray–Darling Basin Agreement, Schedule 1 to the Water Act 2007, as amended.

The committee facilitates cooperation and coordination between the Commonwealth, the Basin states and us in funding works and managing the Basin water and other natural resources.

Membership of the committee comprises 1 official from each of the Basin states (Commonwealth, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Queensland and the ACT), and is chaired by the Commonwealth committee member. The Authority's Chair and Chief Executive are permitted to attend and participate in any Committee meeting but are not entitled to vote on meeting decisions.

For more information, visit the Basin state websites:

The committee is responsible for providing advice to the Ministerial Council, and for implementing policy and decisions of the Ministerial Council on matters such as state water shares and the funding and delivery of natural resource management programs.

The key functions and powers of BOC are:

  • to advise the Authority on engaging the Basin states in preparing the Basin Plan and proposed amendments of the Basin Plan
  • to advise the Ministerial Council in relation to outcomes and objectives on major policy issues on the management of water and other natural resources of the Basin
  • exercise responsibility for high level decision making regarding river operations, including setting objectives and outcomes to be achieved by the authority in River Murray operations.