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.

Further information

  • Type of Body

    R. Management Board

  • Established By / Under

    Act / Regulation

  • Established By/Under More info

    Water Act 2007, section 171

  • Paid Members?

    Yes

  • Max No. of Board/Committee Members

    6

  • Annual Report Prepared and tabled?

    Yes

  • Classification

    X. Internal Management

  • Auditor

    ANAO

  • Function Categorization

    Executive Management

  • Creation Date

    3 March 2008

Current board appointments

Position Appointee Start Date End Date
Chair The Hon. Neil Andrew AO 1 February 2015 31 January 2019
Member Prof. Barry Hart 29 September 2017 28 March 2020
Member Ms. Dianne Davidson 29 September 2017 28 March 2020
CEO/Executive Director/Managing Director Mr. Phillip Glyde 2 January 2016 1 January 2020
Member Ms. Susan Madden 10 March 2016 9 March 2020
Member Mr. George Warne 24 April 2014 23 April 2018
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