Water sharing plan evaluations

Evaluations of water sharing plans under Section 43A of the Water Management Act 2000

Section 43A of the Water Management Act 2000 requires the evaluation of water sharing plans. The purpose of an evaluation is to determine whether the implementation of plan provisions has resulted in the expected environmental, social and economic outcomes.

Two water sharing plan evaluation reports were completed in 2017 covering major regulated rivers and groundwater sources within the NSW portion of the Murray–Darling Basin. The major regulated rivers report covers the period 2004 – 2015 and the major groundwater sources report covers the period 2006 – 2016.

Since these reports were written, considerable effort has been applied to the development of replacement water sharing plans and associated water resource plans made under the Basin Plan 2012. Many of the findings and recommendations contained within these historical evaluation reports have been addressed during this process.

As a result of a legislative amendment made by the Government in 2018, future evaluations will be completed by the independent Natural Resources Commission.

Download the evaluation reports: