The Murray-Darling Basin is the catchment for the Murray and Darling Rivers and all their tributaries, covering most of inland NSW and extending from Queensland to South Australia. It is a significant area for food production and aquatic ecosystems. Appropriate water usage in the Basin is important, not only for more than two million people who call this part of Australia home but also nationally.
State Priority Projects
Water Infrastructure Projects
Approach to the Murray-Darling Basin PlanIn 2012, the NSW Government signed the Murray-Darling Basin Plan, welcoming a co-ordinated approach to water management with the other states. The plan has evolved over the years, but we’ve worked hard to maximise the benefits that it offers to NSW.
Learn more about our approach and future priorities in the below video.
Amendments to the Murray-Darling Basin PlanRead the NSW submission on Basin Plan Amendments (PDF, 164.08 KB)
Northern Basin ReviewRead about the NSW Government approach (PDF, 57.09 KB) to the Northern Basin Review
Murray-Darling Basin PlanRead about the NSW Government response to the proposed Basin Plan.
Sustaining the Basin$500m is being invested in State priority projects to meet the sustainable diversion limits in the Australian Government's proposed Basin Plan.
Sustainable Diversion LimitsWater infrastructure projects are underway to deliver water savings efficiency known as Sustainable Diversion Limits offsets.
The Menindee LakesThe Darling River Water Saving Project has identified water savings in the Menindee Lakes.
Yarrawonga to Wakool Junction Constraints Measure Strategy communiqueRead the latest communique from the Landholder Reference Group.
Water sharing plansAll water sharing plans for inland NSW will be completed in 2012. Water sharing plans provide means for effective water management.
Real-time data on volumes and flowsTelemetry allows us to continually monitor water volume and flows in the Basin and feed this data back online. Find out more >>
Murray River algal managementAlgal management activities in the Basin.
Murray River streamside restorationThe Office of Water operates a major river erosion control and streamside restoration program on the Murray River.
Sustainable Rivers AuditAn assessment of river health across the entire Basin is being undertaken as an intergovernmental project. Find out more >>
National water reformFind out how NSW is working cooperatively with other jurisdictions to implement national reforms.
Other areasInformation on other basins and catchments in New South Wales. Find out more >>