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Darling Alluvium Water Resource Plan

Accredited in June 2023. Learn more about the draft process and the accredited plan.

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Status – closed

Commonwealth accreditation stage

Submitted April 2020
Withdrawn June 2021
Resubmitted October 2022

Accredited June 2023

Read the accredited water resource plan

Commonwealth accreditation

All NSW Water Resource Plans (WRPs) were submitted in 2020 to the Murray–Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) to assess the plan against accreditation requirements of the Basin Plan 2012. Where plans have been submitted (and not withdrawn), a copy of the submitted Plan and the schedules and appendices is available on the MDBA website. The MDBA is progressing its assessment of NSW WRPs and notifying NSW on the outcome of this assessment. Where further work is required to address accreditation requirements, NSW WRPs are being withdrawn and will be resubmitted. At the time of withdrawal, the submitted documents are removed from the MDBA website. Refer to the Water Resource Plans–status: Water in New South Wales page for the status of each plan.

Changes made to the draft plan based on feedback from public consultation and the MDBA’s preliminary advice is provided in the summary of changes (PDF, 298.93 KB) fact sheet.

Water sharing plans continue to be the legal instrument for managing water resources in NSW. Water resource plans are put in place to implement the Commonwealth Basin Plan 2012.

What areas does the plan cover?

The Darling Alluvium Water Resource Plan covers groundwater within alluvial deposits of upper and lower reaches of the Darling River, the Paroo River, and the Warrego River.

The Darling Alluvium (GW7) is composed of the following two sustainable diversion limit resource units (SDL resource units):

  • Upper Darling Alluvium (GS42)
  • Lower Darling Alluvium (GS23).

Public exhibition

Public exhibition of the Darling Alluvium WRP is now closed. All submissions have been reviewed by the NSW Department of Planning and the Environment. Public information sessions were held at Pooncarie and Bourke in July and August in 2019.

The following respondents agreed to have their submissions published on this website. Note that not all respondents elected to have their submissions published.


The views expressed in the submissions are the views of the respondents. While the department seeks to ensure that offensive material is not published, the department is not responsible for the views expressed in the submissions.

Download the submissions (PDF. 392KB)

If you require assistance in reading these documents, please contact 1300 081 047 or water.enquiries@dpie.nsw.gov.au