Can I still make a submission?

No, submissions closed at 5pm (AEST) on Friday 24 February 2017.

What happens next?

The Murray–Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) reviewed the feedback received through formal submissions and at information sessions held around the Basin during the consultation period.

The MDBA has proposed changes to the Basin Plan, including a reduction to the water recovery target in the north of the Basin, from 390GL to 320GL. The recommendations are based on research and monitoring, as well as talking to local communities and working with industry experts. Following consultation we incorporated some further changes (read the community consultation report).

The MDBA recommended the amendments to the Commonwealth Water Minister on 9 November 2017. The Minister adopted these amendments and tabled them in Parliament on 14 November 2017.

The proposed northern Basin amendments, including the groundwater and minor practical changes, were disallowed on 14 February 2018.  For more information read the media release.

What are the areas we asked for feedback on?

  • Northern Basin
  • Groundwater
  • Other practical Basin Plan proposed amendments
  • Any related feedback

You can find out more about the proposed amendments here www.mdba.gov.au/BPamendments

What happens to my submission?

Your submission will be reviewed by the MDBA. This process may take several weeks.

All submissions made by an individual will be published on the MDBA website with personal details (but not contact details).

Your personal details are your name and town, these will be published with your submission unless you specifically request that the MDBA does NOT publish your personal details.

Your contact details are your phone number, email address and mailing address will not be published in any circumstance.

All submissions made on behalf an organisation will be published on the MDBA website with the name of the organisation and submitter unless you request that you want the MDBA to withhold your personal details from any published information.

If your submission contains third party information, we recommend you obtain the permission of the third party prior to making your submission.

Can I withdraw my submission?

Under subsection 47(8) of the Act, the Authority must publish on its website the submissions it receives on the proposed amendment of the Basin Plan.

If you want to change your submission or tell us something else, you can send a supplementary submission.

Who should I talk to if I have a question?

You can email us engagement@mdba.gov.au or Ph 1800 230 067.