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The Murray–Darling Basin is a complex, diverse and dynamic system. Its characteristics are constantly changing in response to the influences of people, the climate and the way water is used — for production, communities and the environment.

The aim of the Basin Plan is to ensure that water is shared between all users, including the environment, in a sustainable way. It does this by managing the basin as one system. This will enable the river systems to continue to support communities and industries in the long term as they adapt to changes, including a changing climate.

The Basin Plan legislation guides governments, regional authorities and communities to sustainably manage and use the waters of the Murray–Darling Basin. The Plan came into effect in November 2012, and it will be reviewed and revised throughout a seven year implementation phase.

Find out more about the Basin plan