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, the Southern Inland Regulated River Valleys in June 2019 and the Hunter Valley in February 2020.

Barwon-Darling / Lower Darling Panel

Hunter 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 and water security information sessions were held in the Hunter Valley, Richmond River and Bellinger River areas in February and March 2020. Details of these public sessions are also available.