ACT Water Resource Plan

The ACT Government has prepared a draft ACT Water Resource Plan as part of its commitments under the Murray–Darling Basin Plan.

The plan provides an overview of water resources in the ACT, and the policy approach to water planning and management. It sets out the government’s plan for the management of the Territory’s surface water and groundwater resources, including managing water use under the ‘sustainable diversion limits’ set for the ACT, long-term environmental flow arrangements and water quality management.

The draft ACT Water Resource Plan comprises:

  • a comprehensive report describing mandated elements of water resource planning
  • an index and tables that respond to specific legislative requirements.

The main components of the plan are:

  • identification of ACT water resources
  • management of the ACT’s surface water and groundwater in accordance with the sustainable diversion limits set for the ACT
  • a water quality and salinity management plan
  • risk assessment process and outcomes
  • consideration of Indigenous water values and uses
  • environmental watering requirements
  • planning for extreme events such as dry periods.

The draft Water Resource Plan uses existing ACT water resources legislation to demonstrate how water is managed in the ACT. The ACT Government consulted stakeholder groups to inform the development of the draft plan, including local Aboriginal organisations, Icon Water, ACT water experts and ACT Government water groups.

The following documents are available to assist the community to provide comment on the draft Water Resource Plan:

The comprehensive report and index and tables can be made available on request.

Following community feedback and ACT Government endorsement, the ACT Water Resource Plan will be submitted to the Murray–Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) and the Australian Government for accreditation.

You can make comments by:
Posting to: Water Resources Plan team, Environment and Planning Directorate
PO Box 158, Canberra ACT 2601

Comments can be made until Friday 15 July 2016

Community consultation

The community is invited to discuss the plan with ACT Government water officials.

Session 1:

When: 12.30-2.00 pm, 23 June, 2016

Where: Canberra Museum and Gallery theatre, London Circuit, City

Session 2:

When: 12.30-2.00 pm, 6 July, 2016

Where: Belconnen Community Arts Centre, Emu Bank, Belconnen

Before making a submission, please review the Environment and Planning Directorate’s privacy policy and annex at Any personal information received in the course of your submission will be used only for the purposes of this community engagement process. Names of organisations may be included in any subsequent consultation report, but all individuals will be de-identified unless prior approval is gained.