Agriculture and Water Resources
The Murray-Darling Basin is Australia's most iconic and largest river system. It is also one of the largest river systems in the world and one of the driest. It is divided into the northern Basin (Darling system) and the southern Basin (Murray system). The MDBA undertakes activities that support the sustainable and integrated management of the water resources of the Murray-Darling Basin in a way that best meets the social, economic and environmental needs of the Basin and its communities. The MDBA lead the planning and management of Basin water resources, and coordinate and maintain collaborative long-term strategic relations with other Australian Government, Basin state government and local agencies; industry groups; scientists and research organisations. The Water Act 2007 requires the MDBA to undertake a number of functions: - construct and operate River Murray assets such as dams and weirs - advise the Commonwealth Minister for Water on the accreditation of state water resource plans - develop a water rights information service to facilitate water trading across the Basin - manage water sharing between the states - manage all aspects of Basin water resources, including water, organisms and other components and ecosystems that contribute to the physical state and environmental value of the Basin's water resources - measure and monitor water resources in the Basin - gather information and undertake research - engage and educate the community in the management of the Basin's resources.
Appropriations 77470000
Departmental expenses 177412000
Average staffing level 288
Level 4, 51 Allara St
Canberra City ACT 2601
Australia

Further information

  • Type of Body

    B. Corporate Commonwealth Entity

  • GFS Sector Classification

    GGS

  • Established By / Under

    Act / Regulation

  • Established By/Under More info

    Water Act 2007, section 171

  • Annual Report Prepared and tabled?

    Yes

  • Classification

    A. Principal

  • Materiality

    Small

  • GFS Function / Sector Reported

    Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing

  • PS Act Body

    Yes - Statutory Agency

  • Auditor

    ANAO

  • Creation Date

    3 March 2008

  • Postal Address

    GPO Box 1801, Canberra ACT 2601

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