Water planning framework

Water plans are developed under the Water Act 2000 to sustainably manage and allocate water resources in Queensland.

The water plan may apply to:

  • rivers, lakes and springs
  • overland flow
  • underground water.

We tailor water plans for each plan area to balance the needs of:

  • water users (e.g. towns, agriculture and other industries)
  • the environment.

This guide explains how water plans are developed, implemented, monitored and reviewed.

Stages in the water plan development process

Chart showing the cycle of water planning.