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Murray-Darling Basin Plan: Five-year assessment

Final report being prepared

What is an inquiry?

  • Why the inquiry?
  • Issues paper
  • Draft report
  • Final report

What we’ve been asked to look at

Under the Water Act 2007 (Cth), the Commission is required to undertake five-yearly assessments of the effectiveness of the implementation of the Basin Plan and water resource plans. This inquiry is the first such assessment to be conducted by the Commission.

Read the Terms of Reference Basin Plan 2012 Media release

How can you contribute to the inquiry?

This issues paper is intended to assist participants in preparing a submission. It sets out some of the issues and questions the Commission has identified as relevant at this early stage of the inquiry. Participants should provide evidence to support their views, including data and specific examples where possible.

Read the issues paper

Draft report release and public hearings

The Commission sought further information and feedback on the draft report.

Submissions were due by 10 October 2018.

Read the draft report

Final report to Government and release

The final inquiry report is to be handed to the Australian Government in December 2018.

The release of the final report by the Government is the final step in the process.

Under the Productivity Commission Act 1998, the Government is required to table the report in each House of the Parliament within 25 sitting days of receipt.


were due by 10 October 2018.

Read submissions

Next milestone:

Final report to be sent to Government in December 2018.


Who are the Commissioners?

Jane Doolan
John Madden
Associate Commissioner

Who to contact

Tracey Horsfall
Ph: 02 6240 3261


Free call: 1800 020 083

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