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Lake Eyre Basin Intergovernmental Agreement

​​​​​​Second Review of the Agreement​

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources conducted public consultation on the second review of the Lake Eyre Basin Intergovernmental Agreement (link is external) on behalf of the Lake Eyre Basin jurisdictions.

The Lake Eyre Basin is one of the last unaltered unregulated water systems in the world. The review looks at the operation of the existing Agreement; the extent to which the purpose and objectives of the Agreement have been achieved. The review also considers possible changes to improve the effectiveness of the existing Agreement and to reflect new knowledge, emerging issues and institutional frameworks.

The Agreement was established between the Australian, Queensland, South Australian and Northern Territory governments to provide for the development or adoption, and implementation of policies and strategies concerning water and related natural resources in the Lake Eyre Basin Agreement Area to avoid or eliminate so far as reasonably practicable adverse cross-border impacts.
Six policies have been prepared to support the Agreement:

  • River Flows Policy
  • Water Quality Policy
  • Water and Related Natural Resources Policy
  • Existing Entitlements and Water Resource Development Policy
  • Research and Monitoring Policy
  • Whole-of-Basin Approach Policy.

Consultation commenced 23 March 2018 and closed 2 May 2018.

Feedback received during the consultation will be considered by the independent consultant Noetic Group in finalising the review report.