Auditors appointed by the Inspector-General of Water Compliance conduct audits into the extent of compliance with the Basin Plan 2012 and water resource plans. This helps to ensure the highest standard of accountability for all involved in the use and management of Basin resources. Audits also provide assurance that the systems and processes for measuring and monitoring compliance in the Murray-Darling Basin are adequate and effective.
The Inspector-General of Water Compliance is required to publish audit reports, which set out the findings and recommendations of the audit. Audit snapshots are published alongside the report to provide a summary of the key objectives, facts, findings and recommendations of the audit. The Inspector-General may also publish management responses to the audit report that have been received from the auditee. Finalised audit reports are published below.
Audit of the management of overland flow harvesting in the Lower Balonne
This audit focussed on the Condamine-Balonne water resource plan area. Specifically, it focussed on management of overland flow. The aim of the audit was to assess whether the Qld Department of Regional Development, Manufacturing and Water is meeting Basin Plan requirements. It also assessed the Condamine-Balonne water resource plan requirements.
Read the audit report, snapshot overview and the Queensland Management Responses.
Report - Accounting for Interstate Trade in the Northern Basin
The purpose of this audit was to assess arrangements in NSW and Qld for recording interstate trades in the Border Rivers catchment. It was also aimed at ensuring interstate trade data is accurately accounted for. The Border Rivers catchment is the only catchment where surface water can be traded between Qld and NSW. The Inspector–General of Water Compliance has identified a number of process and accounting changes that should be implemented to improve the accuracy and integrity of water trade in the Border Rivers.
Read the audit report, snapshot overview, and management responses from Qld and NSW.
Audit of Goulburn–Murray Water disclosure obligations under the Basin Plan
This audit was conducted to assess whether Goulburn–Murray Water (GMW) was meeting disclosure obligations around water trades, as required by the Basin Plan. GMW was selected for this audit because it is the largest approval authority in Victoria and an Irrigation Infrastructure Operator with more than 20,000 customers.
View the audit report and report snapshot.