Dataset: Australian Government Water Recovery Programs in the Murray-Darling Basin - 2010-2019


To return the Murray–Darling river system to health, the Murray–Darling Basin Plan requires recovery of surface water and groundwater for the environment. The government has prioritised infrastructure investment as its preferred method of water recovery. Read more about water programs in the Murray-Darling Basin here:


This data set provides farm-level data on projects funded to recover water under the Basin Plan. Programs included are:

Farm-level data is not available for the following programs:

Programs that purchase water entitlements directly without associated infrastructure works are not included. Additionally, projects where a water entitlement has not been returned to the Commonwealth, for example environmental projects, are also excluded.

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Disclaimer: The Australian Government acting through the Department of Agriculture has exercised due care and skill in preparing and compiling this data. In some instances, the department has relied on the delivery agent - which is responsible for the management and implementation of the program (and has the contract with the individual farmer) - to prepare the data. Notwithstanding, the Department of Agriculture, its employees and advisers disclaim all liability, including liability for negligence and for any loss, damage, injury, expense or cost incurred by any person as a result of accessing, using or relying on any of the data to the maximum extent permitted by law.

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