Status of incomplete water plans in Australia

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: