Second Review of the Agreement
The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources is coordinating public consultation on the second review of the Lake Eyre Basin Intergovernmental Agreement on behalf of the Lake Eyre Basin jurisdictions.
Under the existing Agreement, the Lake Eyre Basin Ministerial Forum must cause a review of the Agreement and review the condition of all watercourses and catchments within the Lake Eyre Basin Agreement area every 10 years. An independent consultant, Noetic, has been engaged on behalf of the Lake Eyre Basin Ministerial Forum to perform the review.
The Lake Eyre Basin is one of the last unaltered unregulated water systems in the world. The existing Intergovernmental Agreement was established between the Australian, Queensland, South Australian and Northern Territory governments to provide for the adoption of policies and strategies to manage cross border impacts.
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 consultation process is your opportunity to assist governments in identifying on-ground issues affecting the Basin.
The existing Agreement provides for the development or adoption, and implementation of policies and strategies concerning water and related natural resources associated with cross-border river systems in the Lake Eyre Basin. There are currently six policies under the existing 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.
A consultation document has been prepared to encourage feedback from all interested parties.
Consultation will commence on 4 April 2018.
Feedback can be provided online at Lake Eyre Basin.
Alternatively feedback can be provided by downloading the submission form and returning it to the Lake Eyre Basin Secretariat by email at LEB Secretariat
Or via post to:
Lake Eyre Basin Secretariat
Department of Agriculture and Water Resources
GPO Box 858
CANBERRA ACT 2601
Stakeholder and regional meetings in Adelaide (SA), Alice Springs (NT), Brisbane and Longreach (Qld) will be held by Basin governments and the Lake Eyre Basin Community Advisory Committee and Scientific Advisory Panel during the consultation process. To get involved and participate at these meetings please contact the Lake Eyre Basin Secretariat at LEB Secretariat.
Lake Eyre Basin Intergovernmental Agreement
The Lake Eyre Basin Intergovernmental Agreement provides for the development or adoption, and implementation of policies and strategies concerning water and related natural resources associated with river systems in the Lake Eyre Basin to avoid or eliminate downstream or cross-border impacts on associated environmental, economic and social values.
The Lake Eyre Basin Intergovernmental Agreement was signed by Ministers of the Australian, Queensland and South Australian governments in October 2000, and has been enacted in the Australian, Queensland and South Australian Parliaments. The Northern Territory signed the Agreement in 2004.
The Lake Eyre Basin Agreement currently applies to:
- the Cooper Creek system (including the Thomson and Barcoo Rivers);
- the Georgina and Diamantina River systems within Queensland and South Australia, ending at Lake Eyre; and
- the Northern Territory portion of the Basin.
A draft State of the Basin Condition Assessment 2016 report was developed in consultation with Australian, State and Territory governments, research institutions, the Lake Eyre Basin Community Advisory Committee and the Lake Eyre Basin Scientific Advisory Panel. Information has been sourced from monitoring activities collected under the Lake Eyre Basin Rivers Assessment programme government agencies, natural resource management boards and other research available. The information was used in the development of the consultation document for the review of the operation of the Agreement.