SRWUIP is a national program that invests in the use, management and efficiency of rural waters, including improving water knowledge and market reforms. This is the key mechanism for bridging the gap with sustainable diversion boundaries and consists of three main elements: irrigation infrastructure projects; Water purchase and supply measures. As part of its AFN missions, each state in the basin has committed to implementing the agreement in accordance with the milestones set out in the agreement and to reporting milestones through an annual declaration of assurance. The National Water Commission was tasked with assessing the progress made by the basin states in 2013 and 2014. The National Water Commission (Abolition) Act 2015 annulled the National Water Commission in June 2015 and the assessment role was then transferred to the Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources. The Australian government is investing in the basin through the Sustainable Rural Water Use and Infrastructure Program (SRWUIP) and the Commonwealth On-Farm Further Irrigation Efficiency Program (COFFIE). The MDBA takes into account policy, monitoring and analysis across the basin and provides a whole perspective of the basin. No other agency or government organization has focused on this perspective. We also play a key role in facilitating interstate decision-making.
We have a number of governance rules to promote cooperation and cooperation. The Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder (CEWH) manages, plans and monitors a large portfolio of water for the benefit of the environment. COFFIE is a program designed to help irrigation companies modernize their on-farm irrigation infrastructure and reduce the resulting water savings to the environment. The program neglects infrastructure to make water systems even more efficient for irrigation, allowing for the recovery of additional water for the environment. Agreements to implement the basin plan are included in an intergovernmental agreement signed by all governments. The intergovernmental agreement also provides states with financial assistance for the implementation of the basin plan. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) advises the Water Minister on water market rules and water pricing rules to free up trade and regulate the costs of monopoly infrastructure (for example. B access to irrigation systems), monitor and enforce these rules. Basin states also have an important role to play in water management through their national legislation, which is outside the requirements of the pelvic plan. On 17 March 2017, the Council of Ministers agreed on further changes to the timeframes for the development and evaluation of SDL adjustment measures. The revised schedules reflect the recognition by the Pool Officials Committee that many of the proposed measures are complex and that additional time is required to conduct the assessment to resolve outstanding business issues. On 27 November 2015, the Council of Ministers approved further changes to Calendar 1.
These amendments establish an alternative evaluation schedule for a small number of complex and highly forward-looking procurement and enforcement projects. On May 29, 2015, the Murray-Darling Basin Council of Ministers (Council of Ministers) agreed to amend the IGA`s Schedule 1 (Protocol for the Review of Sustainable Surface Water Diversion Boundary Values (LDC) to reflect revised assessment timelines for LDS adaptation measures and restrictions.