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Bilateral agreements with Basin state and territory governments

In late 2018 the Murray–Darling Basin Ministerial Council were updated on water resource plans (WRPs) and contingencies and agreed that the key WRP commitments will be in place from 1 July 2019.

Consistent with this Ministerial Council decision, Basin states and territory governments have agreed to enter into bilateral agreements with the Commonwealth to ensure key elements of the water resource plans are given effect from 1 July 2019 where WRPs are not accredited by that date. The agreements will ensure that sustainable diversion limits and measures to protect and better manage environmental water are in place from 1 July 2019.

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Reporting against bilateral agreements

A requirement of the bilateral agreements between the MDBA and Basin states is that the MDBA report against the milestones contained in the agreements. The following document sets out the agreements MDBA has established with each Basin state and territory government, the reporting relevant to the actions contained within the agreement, and the MDBA’s response to these actions.

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New South Wales
Assessment of progress

The MDBA has conducted the following assessment of progress (as at 16 June 2019) of the NSW and MDBA bilateral agreement implementation commitments.

Bilateral agreement

MDBA and NSW signed the bilateral agreement in February 2019 to bring key Basin Plan commitments into effect from 1 July 2019. This agreement promotes transparency and gives the MDBA and the community confidence in the consistent application of key Basin Plan elements across all NSW catchments.

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Queensland
Bilateral agreement

MDBA and Queensland signed a bilateral agreement in June 2019 to bring key Basin Plan commitments into effect from 1 July 2019. This agreement promotes transparency and gives the MDBA and the community confidence in the consistent application of key Basin Plan elements across all Queensland catchments.

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South Australia
Bilateral agreement

MDBA and South Australia signed a bilateral agreement in June 2019 to bring key Basin Plan commitments into effect from 1 July 2019. This agreement promotes transparency and gives the MDBA and the community confidence in the consistent application of key Basin Plan elements across all South Australian catchments.

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Victoria
Bilateral agreement

MDBA and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) signed a bilateral agreement in June 2019 to bring key Basin Plan commitments into effect from 1 July 2019. This agreement promotes transparency and gives the MDBA and the community confidence in the consistent application of key Basin Plan elements across all Victorian catchments.

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Australian Capital Territory
Bilateral agreement

MDBA and the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) signed a bilateral agreement in June 2019 to bring key Basin Plan commitments into effect from 1 July 2019. This agreement promotes transparency and gives the MDBA and the community confidence in the consistent application of key Basin Plan elements across all ACT catchments.

Published: 12 Mar 2019  •   Governance