Why do I need to register to this site to make a submission?

    This is to ensure we have your correct contact details and can confirm that we have received your submission.  This also allows us to follow-up with you on your submission if needed and enables us to reference your input in our reporting.

    Are there any other ways I can provide a submission?

    Respondents may submit online through this website [Have Your Say on the Draft Report] which will assist us in considering all the submissions we receive and enabling more effective and efficient analysis.

    Additionally, respondents can upload a pre-prepared submission to the website using the 'choose file' button below (you will need to navigate to your file and upload it).

    Alternatively, submissions via email can be sent to independentpanel@mdba.gov.au or via post to:

    Social and Economic Assessment Panel

    GPO BOX 1801

    Canberra City

    ACT 2601

    If you have trouble reading or writing you can call 1 800 314 557 and someone can help you make a submission. 

    What happens after I submit?

    When you provide the Panel with a submission, the review and assessment process will begin.  We aim to consider each submission and how it may change or influence the Panel’s final report. We will not be able to respond to you directly.  After the assessment period we will publish the submissions received on our website for public display (unless you have instructed us to keep them private).  Submissions will be reviewed and may be redacted.

    What information will be redacted from my submission?

    Prior to publishing submissions, any personal information, defamatory statements and the like will be redacted if they are present in the submission.

    Those submitting may also identify portions of their submissions that are private, confidential or privileged. This information will also be redacted where you indicate that this is needed, in the submission.

    Can I make a part of my submission confidential?

    The Panel would prefer to receive complete submissions that are able to be published for all to see.  However, should you wish to provide information that is of a confidential nature to the Panel, you will need to clearly indicate this in your submission.

    Material supplied in confidence should be clearly marked 'IN CONFIDENCE'.

    A space is also provided below in the online form for confidential information.

    Will other organisations or Government Departments by involved in reviewing submissions?

    The Social and Economic Assessment Panel will use a range of expertise in its work.  This may include consultants, researchers and people from state and federal government departments. At times we may need to seek the advice and input from Murray-Darling Basin Authority, Australian Government Departments and others to help us consider how best to incorporate your input to our work.