Great Artesian Basin
The Great Artesian Basin (GAB) is one of the largest and deepest underground freshwater resources in the world. It lies below 22 percent of Australia, extending into Queensland, South Australia, NSW and Northern Territory. Nearly 25 per cent of NSW is covered by the GAB.
Draft Great Artesian Basin Strategic Management Plan 2018
The draft Strategic Management Plan 2018 builds on the objectives, outcomes and activities of the previous plan, and will set the future vision for the basin.
Cap & Pipe the Bores Program
The Cap and Pipe the Bores program provides financial incentives to landholders to rehabilitate bores and install efficient piped water schemes. The program started in 1999, and to date has saved about 80 gigalitres of water wastage per year through bore rehabilitation, installed 18,000 kilometres of piping, and removed over 10,000 kilometres of bore drains.
Great Artesian Basin Springs Project
The Great Artesian Basin springs project seeks to ground-truth springs in the NSW extent of the Basin and collect hydrogeological and ecological data. The results will increase our knowledge of the Great Artesian Basin and its springs and therefore help improve management of the Basin.
Free bore surveys
The department is surveying bores in the Great Artesian Basin to assess pressure water pressure and to identify where future funding should be directed. Register now for the Great Artesian Bore Survey Project to get your bore surveyed for free.