Panel Terms of Reference

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Independent Assessment of Social and Economic Conditions in the Murray-Darling Basin

Terms of Reference

The Panel received stakeholder submissions and input on the proposed Terms of Reference, and has endorsed the following Terms of Reference as final. Please refer to the document here.

A. The review will provide an independent assessment of social and economic conditions in rural and regional communities across the Murray-Darling Basin.

B. The review will assess impacts (positive and negative) of water reforms including the Basin Plan on the vulnerability, resilience and adaptive capacity of Murray-Darling Basin communities and their development potential. This will include consideration of social and economic impacts of the environmental effects of water reforms.

C. The review will consider ongoing structural changes influencing different communities in the Murray-Darling Basin, and seek to separate the effects of these trends, and events such as drought, from the effects of water reform, including the Basin Plan.

D. The review will support longer-term efforts to monitor and understand social and economic conditions in the Basin, and the impact (positive and negative) of water reform on different communities in the Murray-Darling Basin. This will be used by governments and leaders to help understand the outcomes of water reform, including the Basin Plan. However, this is not a review of the Basin Plan.

E. The work of the Panel will explore a range of options that stimulate, support and promote healthy and sustainable rural and regional communities in the Basin.

Assessment Framework

Many submissions also commented on the Panel's Assessment Framework. As a result, the Panel will use the following assessment framework questions to shape the review:

1. What are the visions and hopes of Basin people for themselves and their communities?


2. What have been the social and economic experiences of different Basin communities, relative to other rural and regional communities in Australia, and what have been the main drivers of these experiences?


3. What are expected to be the most significant drivers of future change, opportunity, and risk for different
Basin communities?


4. What has been the impact (positive and negative) of water reform on different Basin communities to date, including relative to other drivers of change? What future changes and impacts are likely?


5. Are there thresholds for maintaining the viability of different Basin communities, in the context of water
reform and other drivers of change? If so, what are these thresholds and what do they imply for these
communities, governments, and other actors?


6. What strategies have the greatest potential to enhance the resilience, adaptability and wellbeing of different Basin communities?


7. What are the responsibilities and distinctive contributions of governments, industry, non-profit groups, First Nations, communities and individuals in enabling action to promote prosperous and sustainable Basin communities?

Independent Assessment of Social and Economic Conditions in the Murray-Darling Basin

Terms of Reference

The Panel received stakeholder submissions and input on the proposed Terms of Reference, and has endorsed the following Terms of Reference as final. Please refer to the document here.

A. The review will provide an independent assessment of social and economic conditions in rural and regional communities across the Murray-Darling Basin.

B. The review will assess impacts (positive and negative) of water reforms including the Basin Plan on the vulnerability, resilience and adaptive capacity of Murray-Darling Basin communities and their development potential. This will include consideration of social and economic impacts of the environmental effects of water reforms.

C. The review will consider ongoing structural changes influencing different communities in the Murray-Darling Basin, and seek to separate the effects of these trends, and events such as drought, from the effects of water reform, including the Basin Plan.

D. The review will support longer-term efforts to monitor and understand social and economic conditions in the Basin, and the impact (positive and negative) of water reform on different communities in the Murray-Darling Basin. This will be used by governments and leaders to help understand the outcomes of water reform, including the Basin Plan. However, this is not a review of the Basin Plan.

E. The work of the Panel will explore a range of options that stimulate, support and promote healthy and sustainable rural and regional communities in the Basin.

Assessment Framework

Many submissions also commented on the Panel's Assessment Framework. As a result, the Panel will use the following assessment framework questions to shape the review:

1. What are the visions and hopes of Basin people for themselves and their communities?


2. What have been the social and economic experiences of different Basin communities, relative to other rural and regional communities in Australia, and what have been the main drivers of these experiences?


3. What are expected to be the most significant drivers of future change, opportunity, and risk for different
Basin communities?


4. What has been the impact (positive and negative) of water reform on different Basin communities to date, including relative to other drivers of change? What future changes and impacts are likely?


5. Are there thresholds for maintaining the viability of different Basin communities, in the context of water
reform and other drivers of change? If so, what are these thresholds and what do they imply for these
communities, governments, and other actors?


6. What strategies have the greatest potential to enhance the resilience, adaptability and wellbeing of different Basin communities?


7. What are the responsibilities and distinctive contributions of governments, industry, non-profit groups, First Nations, communities and individuals in enabling action to promote prosperous and sustainable Basin communities?