Project Governance


The governance structure of the Murray–Darling Basin Environmental Water Knowledge and Research (MDB EWKR) project is illustrated in Figure 1. The governance arrangements seek to ensure the project meets its objectives, in particular that the project undertakes high quality research that is of value to environmental water managers and natural resource managers across the entire Murray Darling Basin.

The project is funded by the Australian Government’s Department of the Environment and Energy (DoEE). The Project is coordinated by the Murray–Darling Freshwater Research Centre (MDFRC). Decisions about the implementation of the project will be made by the DOEE based on advice from the:

  • Project Steering Committee.
  • Jurisdictional Reference Group (JRG) - representing State management.
  • Science Advisory Group (SAG) - representing scientific input and strategic advice.

Project Steering Committee

The Project Steering Committee oversees the project and ensures that it is managed effectively and efficiently to achieve its objectives. A key component of this is to ensure that the knowledge developed by the project is of value to the Commonwealth, specifically the Commonwealth Environmental Waterholder and the Murray-Darling Basin Authority (Figure 2).

Figure 2. Members of the Project Steering Committee include representatives from Murray–Darling Basin-scale management agencies.

Jurisdictional Reference Group

The Jurisdictional Reference Group (JRG) provides strategic advice to the MDFRC and DoEE, particularly to ensure that MDB EWKR research remains focused on the needs of environmental water managers (Figure 3). The JRG meets twice-yearly and is convened by DoEE.

Figure 3. The Jurisdictional Reference Group (JRG) includes representatives from State Government management departments within the Murray–Darling Basin.










Science Advisory Group

The Science Advisory Group (SAG) provides advice to the MDFRC in relation to the scientific focus and science delivery of the MDB EWKR project (Figure 4). Advice from the SAG will be particularly important in the development of the research plan and then on an ongoing basis as the project evolves. The SAG meets as required by MDFRC.

Figure 4. The Science Advisory Group (SAG) includes representatives from the scientific community.