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Privacy Collection Notice for Geospatial satellite images

The Murray–Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) has a broad range of functions under the Water Act 2007 (Cth) and Basin Plan 2012.

These relate to the sustainable and integrated management of the water resources of the Murray–Darling Basin (the Basin), spanning:

  • measurement, monitoring and recording of water quality and quantity, and the condition of water-dependant ecosystems within the Basin
  • supporting, encouraging and conducting research
  • developing measures associated with the equitable, efficient and sustainable use of Basin water resources, and
  • information sharing, engagement and education.

Why we collect geospatial satellite images

It is important that the MDBA can assess the impacts that Basin Plan implementation, water reform and water use is having on the landscape.

Collecting geospatial satellite images which show the flow of water through the landscape and the extraction, use or application of those resources is central to effectively monitoring of the quality and quantity of Basin water resources. 

Large tracts of the Murray–Darling Basin are difficult to access, are remote, ungauged and unmonitored. The use of satellite imagery provides an accessible, consistent and robust method to this analysis in an area as large as the MDB, which spans an area of more than a million square kilometres.

It is against this backdrop that the MDBA collects, uses and discloses satellite images of the Basin landscape. The effective and appropriate use of science and this kind of technology is vital to the ability of the MDBA to communicate how the Basin Plan is being implemented.

This information is readily accessible and publically available. It is usually obtained from publically available sources including from:

The images will display features in the landscape and in some cases property details, including buildings and infrastructure. 

The spatial resolution of these images is 10 metres (m)2 which means that features smaller than 10m by 10m will not be identifiable.

Disclosure of geospatial satellite images

The MDBA may disclose the geospatial satellite images via the MDBA website or standalone publications for the following purposes:

communicating efforts to move water flow to targeted areas along the river; and

serving as a deterrent for people who either do not have a licence to extract water or who draw on the water in a way that is inconsistent with the conditions of a licence they do hold.

As well as being publicly available (including to overseas parties) this information may be provided to third parties, for the purpose of implementing the Basin Plan and to carry MDBA functions, including:

  • Australian federal and state government agencies
  • land management groups
  • water management groups
  • universities and other educational institutions
  • non-Australian Government agencies, and
  • private individuals and stakeholder or other community groups.

More about the MDBA’s Privacy Policy

The MDBA’s Privacy Policy explains the way in which the MDBA engages with and treats personal information. This policy includes information about how you may access or correct your personal information where it is held by us. It also contains information on how you can complain about a breach of the Australian Privacy Principles and how the MDBA will deal with such a complaint.

A copy of the Privacy Policy can be found at or by requesting a copy from the MDBA via email at

You can also contact the Privacy Contact Officer on (02) 6279 0100.

Updated: 09 Dec 2019