Murray Darling Basin Evaluation Framework


Dr Gail Winkworth, Prof Morag McArthur

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The Murray Darling Basin experienced the effects of a prolonged drought. Many irrigators were reaching a critical point in the decision-making as to the long-term liability of their business, both economically and environmentally.

ICPS developed an Evaluation Framework to enable Centrelink to report on its progress in contributing to the following outcomes: better service co-ordination and improved access to services for irrigators, farmers and small businesses, workers and industry in severe financial difficulty; and increased community resilience and capacity to deal with the social consequences of change and Centrelink's ability to better inform and influence policy development.


Winkworth, G., & McArthur, M. (2008). Murray Darling Basin Initiative Focused Literature Review. Canberra: Australian Government.