Improving Queensland’s rural water management
We are establishing the Rural Water Management Program to drive more transparent, sustainable and equitable rural water management in the Queensland Murray-Darling Basin (MDB) region, and across the state.
The program is in response to recommendations made by the:
- Independent audit of non-urban water measurement and compliance (PDF, 1.6MB) commissioned by the Minister for Natural Resources Mines and Energy(independent audit)
- Murray-Darling Basin water compliance review (MDB review) commissioned by the Murray Darling Basin Authority.
The reviews acknowledged the strength of Queensland’s water planning framework and the high-quality information provided by our hydrometric network through an accredited quality-managed system. However, the reviews also identified a number opportunities to improve how our water plans are implemented, especially information systems, governance and compliance.
Queensland Government response
Both reviews have been carefully considered in conjunction with Queensland’s obligations under the Murray-Darling Basin Compliance Compact. The Queensland Government has accepted, or accepted in principle, all the recommendations of the independent audit.
The Queensland Government response (PDF, 507.6KB) outlines the actions we are taking to deliver improved rural water management outcomes for Queensland.
The program will deliver across 4 key themes in rural water management:
- appropriate regulatory frameworks
- strengthened metering
- transparent water information
- robust compliance that builds community confidence.
We commit to working with stakeholders throughout the delivery of this program.
The implementation of the program will be prioritised and we are seeking Australian Government funding to support the investment required to implement a robust metering policy.
Draft program schedule
The table below shows the program milestones, with approximate timelines.
|Program theme||2018||2019 to 2020|
|Regulatory approach||Identify regulatory enhancements (offences and penalties)||Identify regulatory enhancements (measurement and monitoring)|
|Enhance and formalise water management framework||Implement enhanced water management framework (including assurance)|
|Strengthened metering||Review metering policy and delivery model||Metering delivery model implementation|
|Risk assessment of measurement and monitoring activities||Resource operations licence holder reporting on monitoring network|
|Surface and groundwater monitoring review||Water measurement and monitoring improvements|
|Overland flow (OLF) measurement standard||Implement OLF standard for Border and Moonie rivers followed by review and implementation for rest of the state|
|Transparent water information||Water dashboard trial||Review requirements for water information improvements, then implement appropriate solutions|
|Water availability water online tool||Publish end-of-financial-year annual reviews|
|Robust compliance|| Education and awareness program|
Regulatory actions focused on priority areas
Update our formal compliance processes for water
Contact us to receive updates or be advised of consultation opportunities.
Find out more
- Read about our water planning framework.
- Access the water monitoring information portal.
- Find out about water management in the Queensland Murray-Darling Basin.