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14 Feb 2018

This report highlights that whilst the Murray Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) claims to base its recommendations on best available science, the proposed amendments allow the MDBA and the states change the Sustainable Diversion Limits (SDLs) without considering the science.

Research report

7 Feb 2018

This research shows that estimates of impacts on South Australia from proposed changes to the Murray Darling Basin Plan have been changed multiple times by the Murray Darling Basin Authority (MDBA).


19 Dec 2017

This report questions using averages to represent flows in the Barwon-Darling and challenges the NSW Water Minister’s claims about how much water is going into maintain river health.


30 Nov 2017

This report sets out a suite of long-term reforms that are necessary if the nation is to achieve its ultimate goal of restoring the health of river systems in the Murray-Darling Basin.


24 Nov 2017

The Murray–Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) and an Independent Panel have conducted a Basin-wide Compliance Review at the request of the Australian Government, to assess the legislative, policy and practical implementation of compliance in water management across the Basin.


15 Nov 2017

This progress report for the NSW Parliament outlines the status of a current investigation into the enforcement of the principles and rules of effective water management.

Research report

19 Oct 2017

In order to maintain and expand an agricultural sector capable of providing a secure source of food for the long-term future of the nation, Australia must consider a broad range of development opportunities and be prepared to take calculated risks.


11 Sep 2017

The allegations of water theft and maladministration that are the subject of this investigation were raised on the ABC TV ‘Four Corners’ program “Pumped: Who is benefitting from the billions spent on the Murray-Darling?’’

Discussion paper

9 Sep 2017

The CEWH has released this discussion paper and is seeking feedback on what type of environmental activities the community would like to be considered when developing a framework for future investments.

Discussion paper

28 Jul 2017

Attempts to develop northern Australia by subsidising capital-intensive industries like irrigated agriculture have a long and unimpressive history.

Research report

25 Nov 2016

The Northern Basin Review represents an opportunity to check if the targets set for water recovery in northern basin catchments are appropriate.

It is an important step in safeguarding one of Australia’s greatest national assets, the Murray–Darling Basin. Its continued well-being is an essential...


19 Oct 2016

Water for Victoria is the Victorian Government's strategic plan for management of water resources, now and into the future. We will ensure we manage water to support a healthy environment, a prosperous economy and thriving communities.

To meet the challenges of climate change...

Video lecture/presentation

1 Mar 2016

In his opening address to the ABARES Outlook 2016 Conference, the Hon Barnaby Joyce MP, outlines a report card on what has been done, and a plan for the future in relation to Australia's agricultural sector.

Research report

9 Dec 2015

These pressures require the water industry to develop innovative and more efficient processes to optimise resource recovery from wastewater, according to a new report by the Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE). The report notes that Australian wastewater contains nutrients, carbon, energy and other inorganic...

Audio program

22 Jun 2015

A major review of the risks of climate change in the Murray Darling Basin is likely within the next seven years.

The proposed timeline has been revealed to ABC RN after a dispute between the Murray Darling Basin Authority and some of Australia's leading...

Journal article

24 Apr 2015

Due to changing climate and water legislation in South Australia, Australia's oldest water trust, the Renmark Irrigation Trust (RIT), and the community it serves have faced unprecedented changes in water allocations. Using participatory research methods, this article examines irrigators' perceptions of risk, uncertainty and trust...

Research report

5 Feb 2015

For Australia to remain at the forefront of integrative water management, planning must be adaptive, relevant and remain a priority for all governments.


Water management in Australia is considered to be amongst the best in the world. Over the past decade,...

Audio presentation

16 Feb 2010

Water is essential for life. Discussion of water needs to take account of some fundamental truths: South Australia is the driest State of the driest inhabited continent. We also have more variable rainfall than other continents. Both rainfall patterns and subsequent run-off are being altered...

Research report

27 Feb 2009

Governments should redirect funding for drought assistance programs to help farmers better manage risks, according to this draft report. In an assessment of existing drought programs, the Commission found that, when measured against policy objectives relating to self-reliance, preparedness and climate change management, the programs...