Critical Water Advisory Panels

Critical Water Advisory Panels will be established when the criticality level of an extreme event is declared at Stage 3 or above for surface water, and stage 3 or above for groundwater.

The key role for the Panels is to provide advice to the department on appropriate response measures and criticality levels and to provide input on local views.

Further information can be found in the Critical Water Advisory Panels fact sheet (PDF 279.0 KB).

Critical Water Advisory Panels were established for the Barwon-Darling / Lower Darling Rivers in March 2018, for the Northern Inland Regulated River Valleys in July 2018 and the Southern Inland Regulated River Valleys in June 2019.

Barwon-Darling / Lower Darling Panel

Northern Inland Panel

Southern Inland Panel

Combined Critical Water Advisory Panel

Meetings of the Barwon-Darling/Lower DarlingNorthern Inland Panel and the Southern Panel:

Drought information sessions were held in nine key drought affected regions in October and November 2019, prior to the Panel meetings. Details of these public sessions are also available.