Water Management Partnership Agreement - The Commonwealth of Australia and the State of Queensland
Signed 11 January
Water Management Partnership Agreement
The Water Management Partnership Agreement is made between and binds the Commonwealth of Australia and the State of Queensland.
On 3 July 2008 the Commonwealth and the Basin States (being the States of New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia and Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory) signed an Intergovernmental Agreement on Murray-Darling Basin Reform (IGA). Alongside the Water Act 2007, the IGA progresses the objectives of the National Water Initiative (NWI) which are to increase the productivity and efficiency of Australia's water use, to service rural and urban communities and to ensure the health of river and groundwater systems. In doing so the IGA reaffirms the parties' commitment to the NWI.
Part Four of the IGA provides for the Basin States and the Commonwealth to enter into Water Management Partnership Agreements to give effect to the urgent need to undertake water reforms in the Murray-Darling Basin to deliver a sustainable cap on surface water and groundwater diversions across the Murray-Darling Basin to ensure the future of communities, industry and enhanced environmental outcomes.
The Water Management Partnership Agreements provide for the Basin States to undertake one or more Priority Projects that will substantially contribute to improved water use efficiency and enhance the sustainability of rural water use in the Murray-Darling Basin. The Agreements recognise the direct link between the need for the Basin States to undertake water reforms in the Murray-Darling Basin and the provision of Commonwealth funding for each Priority Project. This Commonwealth funding is provided from its Sustainable Rural Water Use and Infrastructure program, which is a component of the Commonwealth's Water for the Future initiative.
In entering into this Agreement, the Commonwealth and the State recognise that they have a shared responsibility and mutual interest in improving outcomes in the Murray-Darling Basin.
Project schedules form part of the Water Management Partnership Agreement and formalise the specific funding arrangements for each of the agreed State Priority Projects. Where funding was provided to states for a State Priority Project prior to the execution of the Water Management Partnership Agreement, funding agreements were developed.
Coal Seam Gas Water Feasibility Study
The Coal Seam Gas Water Feasibility Study was one of the Queensland State Priority Projects under the Queensland Water Management Partnership Agreement (WMPA) with funding of up to $5 000 000. A Project Schedule was signed on 18 October 2010 and the final report submitted to the Department in May 2013.
The primary objective of the Coal Seam Gas Water Feasibility Study was to analyse the opportunities for, and risks and practicability of, using coal seam gas water to assist in achieving the long-term goals in the Queensland Murray-Darling Basin (QMDB) of:
- transitioning irrigation communities to lower water use
- securing viability of ecological assets.
The study produced a number of reports that can be found on the Queensland government department website: Coal seam gas water feasibility study.
On-Farm Water Use Efficiency Project
For more information about the project see: Healthy HeadWaters Water Use Efficiency Project, Frequently Asked Questions