Status of incomplete water plans in Australia


On 21 September 2015, responsibility for water policy and resources was transferred to the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources - Administrative Arrangement Order made on 21 September 2015.

This website will be updated to reflect these changes.

These links provide information on water plans that are being reviewed or new plans that will be completed by 2014.

What is a water plan?

A water plan is a legally enforceable plan (noting that a plan may be a single legal instrument or a number of legal and policy instruments working together) that defines the allowable level of diversion or take of water from a defined water resource that is environmentally sustainable, and sets out the arrangements for sharing the water available for consumptive use among competing users.

Whilst different approaches are possible, water planning is essentially the vehicle for the setting of sustainable environmental, social and economic objectives for the management of water resources. Effective water plans establish the rules to meet environmental objectives and for users to share water resources by providing certainty of access to a share of water over an agreed timeframe.

For further information on water plans please visit the following state and territory web sites: