The Productivity Commission has published a damning report into the functions of the Murray-Darling Basin Authority, finding cost blowouts and delays in implementing its obligations.
In its five-year review of the MDBA’s plan, the commission has recommended that the authority be broken up and converted into an agency. It also concluded that the new agency be stripped of remit to implement the remaining $4.5 billion of the $13 billion plan.
"The significant risks to implementation cannot be managed effectively under current institutional and governance arrangements," the Commission said in the report.
"Basin Governments (not the MDBA) should take responsibility for leading implementation,” the report concluded.
Federal Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources David Littleproud welcomed the report, but accepted there is more work to be done in implementing the plan.
“The assessment also states there are challenges going forward as we continue to deliver the Plan. There is no doubt there is a lot more work to be done by the Commonwealth, the basin states and the MDBA,” Mr Littleproud said.