The National Water Initiative - securing Australia's water future: 2011 assessment
- Letter to the Prime Minister
- Executive overview
- Our approach
- Chapter 1 - Governance
- Chapter 2 - Productive and efficient use of water resources
- Chapter 3 - Sustainable water management
- Chapter 4 - Communities
- 2011 assessment launch
- Background information
This report is the third biennial assessment of the National Water Initiative (NWI) undertaken by the National Water Commission.
It reviews the extent to which the initiative has improved the sustainable management of Australia's water resources and contributed to the national interest. The assessment also reports on impacts on regional, rural and urban communities.
What did the assessment find?
The NWI remains robust and relevant in 2011 and has delivered significant, tangible benefits for Australia.
The initiative has catalysed substantial improvements in the way Australia manages its water resources, expedited and directed ambitious reforms, and built a national commitment to common objectives.
However, the NWI is yet to fully deliver its intended benefits, including the primary goals of sustainable and efficient water management.
Success requires strong leadership in the face of difficult decisions to balance economic, social and environmental outcomes, and to nourish real engagement with communities.
Drawing on its findings, the Commission made 12 major recommendations to COAG to reinvigorate the water reform agenda and fully deliver its economic, environmental and social benefits.
Taking into account what has been learned so far, these recommendations address gaps, shortcomings and new issues. They also propose a new suite of incentive mechanisms, together with necessary investments and assessments, to regain and sustain water reform momentum.
How is the assessment structured?
For this assessment, the Commission was required to evaluate the impact of the NWI over the seven years since 2004. In doing so, we assessed the extent to which the NWI has:
- built strong and effective water management governance arrangements
- improved the efficiency and productivity of Australian water use
- improved the sustainability of water management
- impacted regional, rural and urban communities.
For each of these, key chapter summaries present an overview of the central findings and impacts. PDF downloads of entire chapters are also available.
Documents for download
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Letter to the Prime Minister PDF (1.88MB)
Executive overview PDF (1001KB)
Our approach PDF (1.25MB)
Chapter 1 - Governance PDF (2.03MB)
Chapter 2 - More productive and efficient water use PDF (2.08MB)
Chapter 3 - Sustainable water management PDF (1.91MB)
Chapter 4 - Communities PDF (1.42MB)
Appendix A: NRMMC performance indicator report 2011 PDF (2.21MB)
Appendix B: Summary of progress on NWI actions PDF (1.91MB)
Appendix C: Consultations for this review PDF (870KB)
Appendix D: RSMG model description PDF (1.1MB)
Appendix E: Murray-Darling Basin trade, market and charge rules PDF (668KB)