Critical Water Advisory Panels

Critical Water Advisory Panels will be established when the criticality level of an extreme event is declared at Stage 2 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 224.0 KB).

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

Barwon-Darling / Lower Darling Panel

Northern Inland Panel

Combined Critical Water Advisory Panel meeting held on 12 June 2019 

Meetings of the Barwon-Darling/Lower DarlingNorthern Inland Panel and the first meeting of the Southern Panel were all held on the one day 12 June.

Drought information sessions were held in five key drought affected regions in early February, prior to the Panel meetings. Details of these public sessions are also available.