The Murray-Darling Freshwater Research Centre is located in the Murray-Darling Basin and has a long history of collaboration with both research and water management institutions. Our research scientists are committed to sustainable use of the Murray-Darling Basin – one of Australia’s most important economic, environmental, social and cultural assets.

Often called Australia’s food bowl, the Murray-Darling Basin:

  • incorporates Australia’s three longest rivers
  • is home to a population of approximately two million people
  • supports much of Australia’s agriculture and agricultural exports
  • contains more than 30,000 wetlands, including 16 internationally significant sites, many of which provide habitat for migratory birds.

The MDFRC represents 27 years of collaboration between research and management that has delivered efficient, effective and economical generation of new knowledge to support the sustainable management of the Murray-Darling Basin’s water resources.  The collaboration between research and management promotes the development of close working relationships between managers and researchers, thereby promoting alignment between the research undertaken and management need. The alignment of research with management need improves the utility of the knowledge generated facilitating its application to management decisions in a variety of contexts.

The MDFRC has contributed to the development of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan (Basin Plan) and understands the policy context that underpins the need for ongoing  research in the field of environmental watering. We will work closely with other relevant research providers to develop a collaborative, effective and innovative approach to delivery of the required research. Other research providers include research institutions, state government agencies and research consultants. This collaborative approach should provide the critical intellectual capacity and expertise required to address priority knowledge gaps.

The MDFRC is committed to:

  • building research teams and groups of experts to ensure the best people provide advice
  • sharing of knowledge, information and data
  • synthesising knowledge and information to generate new and deeper understanding of ecosystem response to environmental flows.