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The Royal Commission is consulting a range of information sources as part of its work. That includes expert studies, reports, and other materials relevant to the work of the Commission.

The materials being considered as part of the Commission’s work are listed below and will be updated from time to time.

MDBRC Issues Paper 1

Issues Paper 1 (PDF 2.9MB)

MDBRC Issues Paper 2 

Issues Paper 2 (PDF 403KB)

 

Extraterritorial powers of the Murray-Darling Basin Royal Commission - explanatory memorandum (PDF 58KB)

Information sources

Reports
  • Australian Government, 'Report of the Independent Review of the Water Act 2007' (November 2014)

  • Barma Water Resources, 'Northern Basin Historic Flow and Usage Report' (April 2018)

  • Boyd Blackwell, Jim McFarlane and Richard Stayner, 'Final Review Report for the Murray-Darling Basin Authority: An independent review of the social and economic modelling inputs to the Northern Basin Review' (12 October 2016)

  • Cotton Australia, 'Australian Grown Cotton: Sustainability Report 2014' (2014)

  • Cotton Catchment Communities CRC, 'The Australian Cotton Water Story... A Decade of Research and Development 2002-12' (2012)

  • CSIRO, 'A Science Review of the Implications for South Australia of the Guide to the Proposed Basin Plan: Synthesis' (Technical Report Series No 11/1, Goyder Institute for Water Research, 7 June 2011)

  • CSIRO, 'Assessment of the Ecological and Economic Benefits of Environmental Water in the Murray-Darling Basin' (28 March 2012)

  • CSIRO, 'Water Availability in the Murray-Darling Basin: A Report to the Australian Government' (November 2008)

  • Don Blackmore et al, 'Murray-Darling Basin SDL Adjustment Mechanism: Report by the Victorian and NSW Ministers' Independent Expert Panel' (Final Report, 10 April 2017)

  • EY, 'Analysis of Efficiency Measures in the Murray-Darling Basin' (Final Report, 19 January 2018)

  • Jason S Higham, ‘An Analysis of MDBA Modelling Outputs for the Draft Basin Plan: Hydrodynamic Modelling of the Coorong and Murray Mouth’ (Technical Report, South Australian Department for Environment and Natural Resources, March 2012)

  • Ken Matthews, ‘Independent Investigation into NSW Water Management and Compliance – Advice on Implementation’ (Final Report, NSW Department of Industry, 24 November 2017)

  • KPMG Economics, 'Northern Basin Community Modelling: Economic Assessment of Water Recovery Scenarios' (November 2016)

  • KPMG Economics, 'Southern Basin Community Modelling: Preliminary Data Analysis - Chart Pack' (February 2018)

  • Marsden Jacob Associates, 'Economic effects of the Commonwealth water recovery programs in the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area: Report prepared for the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources' (October 2017)

  • Maryanne Slattery and Rod Campbell, 'Desperate Measures: Supply Measures, Diversion Limits and the Murray Darling Basin Plan' (Publication No 514, Australia Institute, April 2018)

  • Maryanne Slattery and Rod Campbell, 'It's Not the Science, It's How You Use It' (Publication No 483, Australia Institute, February 2018)

  • Maryanne Slattery and Rod Campbell, 'Moving Targets: Barnaby Joyce, Warrego Valley Buybacks and Amendments to the Murray Darling Basin Plan' (Publication No 495, Australia Institute, February 2018)

  • Maryanne Slattery and Rod Campbell, 'Northern Disclosure: Inconsistencies in the Murray Darling Basin Authority's Northern Basin Review' (Publication No 479, Australia Institute, February 2018)

  • Maryanne Slattery and Rod Campbell, 'Remember the '56 Flood?: How Much Water Flows to the Environment in the Barwon Darling System?' (Publication No 462, Australia Institute, December 2017)

  • Maryanne Slattery and Rod Campbell, 'That's Not How You Haggle: Commonwealth Water Purchasing in the Condamine Balonne' (Publication No 502, Australia Institute, March 2018)

  • Matt Gibbs et al, 'Science Review of MDBA Modelling of Relaxing Constraints for Basin Plan Scenarios' (Technical Note No 2012/02, South Australian Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources, September 2012)

  • Murray-Darling Basin Authority, '2017 Basin Plan Evaluation' (MDBA Publication No 52/17, 2017)

  • Murray-Darling Basin Authority, 'Developing the Guide to the Proposed Basin Plan, Peer Review Reports' (MDBA Publication No 62/10, 1 December 2010)

  • Murray-Darling Basin Authority, 'Environmental Outcomes of the Northern Basin Review' (Report, October 2016)

  • Murray-Darling Basin Authority, 'Guide to the Proposed Basin Plan: Volume 1  Overview' (MDBA Publication No 60/10, 2010)

  • Murray-Darling Basin Authority, 'Guide to the Proposed Basin Plan: Volume 2 Technical Background' (MDBA Publication No 61/10, 2010)

  • Murray-Darling Basin Authority, 'Hydrologic Modelling of the Relaxation of Operational Constraints in the Southern Connected System: Methods and Results' (MDBA Publication No 76/12, October 2012)

  • Murray-Darling Basin Authority, 'Hydrologic Modelling to Inform the Proposed Basin Plan' (Report, February 2012)

  • Murray-Darling Basin Authority, 'Northern Basin Review Technical Overview of the Social and Economic Analysis' (December 2016)

  • Murray-Darling Basin Authority, ‘Observed Flows in the Barwon-Darling 1990-2017: A Hydrologic Investigation (Technical Report, March 2018)

  • Murray-Darling Basin Authority, ‘Sustainable Diversion Limit Adjustment Mechanism: Draft Determination Report’ (MDBA Publication No 37/17, 2 October 2017)

  • Murray-Darling Basin Authority, 'The Murray-Darling Basin Water Compliance Review' (MDBA Publication No 44/17, November 2017)

  • Murray-Darling Basin Authority, ‘The Northern Basin Review’ (MDBA Publication No 39/16, November 2016)

  • Murray-Darling Basin Authority, ‘The Proposed “Environmentally Sustainable Level of Take” for Surface Water of the Murray-Darling Basin: Method and Outcomes’ (MDBA Publication No 226/11, November 2011)

  • National Cultural Flows Research Project, 'Dhungala Baaka: Rethinkining the Future of Water Management in Australia' (Report, 2018)

  • National Cultural Flows Research Project, 'Cultural Flows: A Guide for First Nations' (Report, 2018)

  • National Cultural Flows Research Project, 'A Pathway to Cultural Flows in Australia' (Report, 2018)

  • New South Wales Ombudsman, 'Correcting the Record: Investigation into Water Compliance and Enforcement 2007-17' (Special Report, 8 March 2018)

  • New South Wales Ombudsman, ‘Investigation into Water Compliance and Enforcement 2007-17’ (Progress Report, 15 November 2017)

  • Productivity Commission, 'National Water Reform' (Draft Report, September 2017)

  • Rebecca Lester, Peter Fairweather and Ben Hamilton, 'Assessing the Impact of Volumes Proposed under the Draft Basin Plan on the Coorong and Murray-Mouth Region' (Goyder Institute for Water Research, Technical Report Series No 13/2, 2013)

  • Rebecca Lester et al, 'Analysis of South Australia's Environmental Water and Water Quality Requirements and their Delivery under the Guide to the Proposed Basin Plan' (Goyder Institute for Water Research, Technical Report Series No 11/2, 2011)

  • Rebecca Lester et al, 'Specifying and Environmental Water Requirement for the Coorong and Lakes Alexandrina and Albert: A First Iteration' (Technical Report, June 2011)

  • RM Consulting Group, 'Basin Plan - GMID Socio-economic Impact Assessment: Final Report' (13 October 2016)

  • Sebastien Lamontagne et al, ‘Expert Panel Assessment of the Likely Ecological Consequences in South Australia of the Proposed Murray-Darling Basin Plan’ (Goyder Institute for Water Research Technical Report Series No 12/2, 2 April 2012)

  • Senate Commonwealth, Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee, 'Management of the Murray-Darling Basin System: Second Interim Report: The Basin Plan' (October 2012)

  • Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee, Parliament of Australia, A Balancing Act: Provisions of the Water Act 2007 (June 2011)

  • Senate Select Committee on the Murray-Darling Basin, Parliament of Australia, Refreshing the Plan (March 2016)

  • Theresa M Heneker and Jason S Higham, ‘Review of the Basin Plan Water Recovery Scenarios for the Lower Lakes, South Australia: Hydrological and Ecological Consequences’ (Technical Report, South Australian Department for Environment and Natural Resources, March 2012)

  • Todd Wallace et al, 'Natural' versus 'Artificial' Watering of Floodplains and Wetlands' (Final Report to the Murray-Darling Basin Authority, The Murray-Darling Freshwater Research Centre, October 2011)

  • W J Young et al, ‘Science Review of the Estimation of an Environmentally Sustainable Level of Take for the Murray-Darling Basin’ (Final Report to the Murray-Darling Basin Authority, CSIRO, November 2011)

  • Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists, 'Advice on Basin Plan Amendment Instrument 2017 (No 1)' (Advice, January 2018)

  • Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists, 'Analysis of Groundwater in the 2011 Draft Murray-Darling Basin Plan' (April 2012)

  • Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists, 'Blueprint for a National Water Plan' (31 July 2003)

  • Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists, 'Does a 3,200GL Reduction in Extractions Combined with the Relaxation of Eight Constraints give a Healthy Working Murray-Darling Basin River System' (October 2012)

  • Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists, ‘Five Actions Necessary to Deliver the Murray-Darling Basin Plan “in Full and on Time”’ (5 June 2017)

  • Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists, 'Once Again the Taxpayer Pays, Individuals Benefit and the River Loses: Wentworth Group Evaluation of the Proposed Basin Plan 2012' (20 August 2012)

  • Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists, 'Requirements of SDL Adjustment Projects to Ensure They Are Consistent with the Water Act 2007, Basin Plan 2012, MDBA Policies and Intergovernmental Agreements' (Advice, May 2018)

  • Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists, 'Review of Water Reform in the Murray-Darling Basin' (November 2017)

  • Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists, 'Statement on the 2011 Draft Murray-Darling Basin Plan' (January 2012)

  • Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists, 'Sustainable Diversions in the Murray-Darling Basin: An Analysis of the Options for Achieving a Sustainable Diversion Limit in the Murray-Darling Basin' (June 2010)

Articles
  • ​​​Adam Loch et al, 'Irrigator preferences for water recovery budget expenditure in the Murray-Darling Basin, Australia' (2014) 36 Land Use Policy 396
     
  • Barry T Hart, ‘The Australian Murray-Darling Basin Plan: Challenges in Its Implementation (Part 1)’ (2016) 32 International Journal of Water Resources Development 819
  • Barry T Hart, ‘The Australian Murray-Darling Basin Plan: Challenges in Its Implementation (Part 2)’ (2016) 32 International Journal of Water Resources Development 835

  • Benjamin Docker and Ian Robinson, ‘Environmental Water Management in Australia: Experience from the Murray-Darling Basin’ (2014) 30 International Journal of Water Resources Development 164

  • Celine Steinfeld et al, 'Disconnecting the floodplain: earthworks and their ecological effect on a dryland floodplain in the Murray-Darling Basin, Australia' (2013) 29 River Research and Applications 206

  • Drew Bewsher et al, 'Water Resources Investigations of Menindee Lakes, NSW' (1994) Water Down Under 89

  • Emma Carmody, 'The Silence of the Plan: Will the Convention on Biological Diversity and the Ramsar Convention be Implemented in the Murray-Darling Basin?' (2013) 30 Environmental and Planning Law Journal 56

  • F.H.S Chiew et al, 'Comparison of runoff modelled using rainfall from different downscaling methods for historical and future climates' (1994) 387 Journal of Hydrology 10

  • Jamie Pittock et al, 'The Murray-Darling Basin Plan fails to deal adequately with climate change' (September 2015) Journal of the Australian Water Association 28

  • John Williams, 'Water reform in the Murray-Darling Basin: a challenge in complexity in balancing social, economic and environmental perspectives' (2017) 150 Part 1 Journal of the Proceedings of the Royal Society of NSW 68

  • Neil Potter and F.H.S Chiew, 'An investigation into changes in climate characteristics causing the recent very low runoff in the southern Murray-Darling Basin using rainfall-runoff models' (2011) 47 Water Resources Research

  • Matthew Colloff et al, 'Adaption services of floodplains and wetlands under transformational climate change' (2016) 26 Ecological Applications, Ecological Society of America 1003

  • Monica Morgan, Lisa Strelein and Jessica Weir, 'Indigenous Water Rights to Water in the Murray Darling Basin: In support of the Indigenous Final Report to the Living Murray Initiative' (AIATSIS Research Discussion Paper No 14, 2014)

  • R. Quentin Grafton, 'Editorial: Water Reform and Planning in the Murray-Darling Basin, Australia' (2016) 3 (3) Water Economics and Policy 

  • R. Quentin Grafton et al, 'Global Insights into Water Resources, Climate Change and Governance' (25 November 2013) Macmillan Publishers Limited, Natural Climate Change 

  • R. Quentin Grafton and Sarah Wheeler, 'Economics of Water Recovery in the Murray-Darling Basin, Australia' (5 March 2018) Annual review of Resource Economics 

  • Richard Kingsford, 'Ecological impacts of dams, water diversions and river management on floodplain wetlands in Australia' (2000) 25 Austral Ecologogy 109

  • Richard Kingsford et al, 'Monitoring waterbird populations with aerial surveys - what have we learnt?' (2013) 35 Wildlife Research 29

  • Richard Kingsford et al, 'Continental impacts of water development on water birds, contrasting two Australian river basins: Global implications for sustainable water use' (2017) 23 Global Change Biology 4958

  • Sarah Wheeler, Alec Zuo and Henning Bjornlund, 'Investigating the delayed on-farm consequences of selling water entitlements in the Murray-Darling Basin' (2014) 145 Agriculture Water Management 72

  • Shiquan Ren and Richard Kingsford, 'Statistically integrated flow and flood modelling compared to hydrologically integrated quantity and quality model for annual flows in the regulated Macquarie River in arid Australia' (2011) 48 Environmental Management 177

Books / chapters in edited books
  • Chris Guest, Sharing the Water: One Hundred Years of River Murray Politics (Murray-Darling Basin Authority, 2016)

  • Chris Guest, ‘Managing the River Murray: One Hundred Years of Politics’ in Barry T Hart and Jane Doolan (eds), Decision Making in Water Resources Policy and Management (Elsevier, 2017) 23

  • Daniel Connell, Water Politics in the Murray-Darling Basin (Federation Press, 2007)

  • Monica Morgan, 'Cultural Flows: Asserting Indigenous Rights and Interests in the Waters of the Murray-Darling River System, Australia' in B.R. Johnson et al. (eds), Water, Cultural Diversity and Global Environmental Change, Emerging Trends, Sustainable Futures (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, 2012) 453-466

  • Sarah Wheeler, ‘Water Trading in Australia: Tracing Its’ Development and Impact over the Past Three Decades’ in K William Easter and Qiuqiong Huang (eds), Water Markets for the 21st Century: What Have We Learned? (Springer, 2014) 179

Miscellaneous
  • Australian Government Solicitor, 'The Role of Social and Economic Factors in the Basin Plan' (Opinion, 25 October 2010)

  • Australian Government Response to the Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Committee Report: 'Management of the Murray-Darling Basin System: Second Interim Report: the Basin Plan' (January 2013)

  • Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources Response to Professor Grafton's Editorial: 'Water Reform and Planning in the Murray-Darling Basin, Australia' (19 May 2017)

  • Centre for Ecosystem Science, UNSW Sydney, Submission, Implementing the NSW Floodplain Harvesting Policy and Better Management of Environmental Water - Consultation Papers' (Undated)

  • Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law, Submission to Senate Standing Committees on Legal and Constitutional Affairs, Inquiry into Provisions of the Water Act 2007, 16 March 2011

  • John Williams and Quentin Grafton, Submission to the House Standing Committee on Agriculture and Water Resources, Myths about water savings and subsidies for capital-intensive irrigation technologies: policy implications for Australia, 21 March 2017

  • Matthew Colloff, John Williams and Quentin Grafton, Submission to the Productivity Commission, Murray-Darling Basin: Five-year assessment', 16 April 2018

  • Murray-Darling Basin Authority, 'Plan for the Murray-Darling Basin – Role of the Authority Chair' (Media Release, 7 December 2010)

  • Murray Lower Darling Rivers Indigenous Nations, 'Ensuring Equity in the Development and assessment of Water Resource Plans' (Discussion Paper, April 2016)

  • Law Society of New South Wales, Submission to Senate Standing Committees on Legal and Constitutional Affairs, Inquiry into Provisions of the Water Act 2007, 19 March 2011

  • Richard Kingsford et al, 'Strategic adaptive management guidelines for effective conservation of freshwater ecosystems in and around protected areas of the world' (2012) IUCN WCPA Freshwater Taskforce, Australian Wetlands and Rivers Centre, Sydney

  • Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists, 'Advice on Basin Plan Amendment Instrument 2017 (No 1)' (Advice, January 2018)

  • Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists, Submission to the Murray-Darling Basin Authority, Proposed Amendments to the Murray-Darling Basin Plan, 24 February 2017

  • Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists, Submission to the Murray-Darling Basin Authority, Sustainable Diversion Limit Adjustment Mechanism: Draft Determination Report, 3 November 2017

 

The Commission invites anybody who so wishes to provide further information or comment on the materials listed above, or any aspect of any of them, to email mdbroyalcommission [at] mdbrc.sa.gov.au