Strengthening Basin Communities Program


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.

The Australian Government committed $200 million from the Sustainable Rural Water Use and Infrastructure Program to establish the Strengthening Basin Communities program. This program was implemented through two separate components: the Planning component and the Water Saving Initiatives component.

  • The Planning component  provided grants for local governments in the Murray-Darling Basin to assist in community-wide planning for a future with less water.
  • The Water Saving Initiatives component provided competitive grants to enable local government authorities and urban water service providers to support projects that improve water security by reducing demand on potable water supplies.
Map of the Murray-Darling Basin with local government boundaries overlain

Map showing the Murray-Darling Basin boundary overlain with local government boundaries