Terms of Reference

On 23 July 2019, the Senate moved that the Senate Select Committee on the Multi-Jurisdictional Management and Execution of the Murray Darling Basin Plan be established to inquire and report on the following matters by 1 November 2020:

  1. responsibilities in relation to the management and execution of the Murray Darling Basin Plan consistent with the objects of the Water Act 2007, in particular:
    1. Commonwealth responsibilities,
    2. state and territory responsibilities, and
    3. areas of uncertainty or potential conflict in respect of responsibilities;
  2. the effects, positive or negative or otherwise, of the different approaches of the states and territories to water resource management in the Murray Darling Basin including, but not limited to:
    1. legislation, regulations and rules,
    2. management and administration, including differences in management organisations,
    3. measuring, monitoring and compliance,
    4. enforcement, and
    5. openness and transparency;
  3. complications in respect of basin-wide or cross jurisdiction oversight, including the oversight roles and jurisdictional limitations of:
    1. state, territory and federal parliaments,
    2. state, territory and federal courts, and
    3. state, territory and federally-instituted inquiries and Royal Commissions;
  4. any bill related to the Murray Darling Basin referred to the committee; and
  5. any related matters.

Journals of the Senate No. 5 - Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Committee Secretariat contact:

Department of the Senate
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Parliament House
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About this inquiry

The committee will inquire and report on matters relating to the responsibilities for Commonwealth, state and territory governments arising out of the Murray Darling Basin Plan.

Track Inquiry

Past Public Hearings

12 May 2020: Canberra
11 Dec 2019: Griffith
18 Oct 2019: Canberra


Inquiry Status

Accepting Submissions


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