Water in our environment

Commonwealth Environmental Water

The Water Act 2007 establishes arrangements for the management of the water entitlements that the Commonwealth acquires. These water entitlements will be used to protect or restore environmental assets such as wetlands and streams. Further information is available at the Commonwealth environmental water homepage.


Wetlands are vital to Australia. They protect our shores from wave action, reduce the impacts of floods, absorb pollutants and provide critical habitat for animals and plants.

  • Find out more about Australia's significant and Ramsar wetlands.

Living Murray Initiative

The Living Murray Initiative was established to help improve the health of the River Murray, with a focus on six icon sites that are internationally significant wetlands supporting a rich biodiversity. The program is managed by the Murray-Darling Basin Authority

Great Artesian Basin Sustainability Initiative

The Great Artesian Basin Sustainability Initiative provides funding to accelerate work on the repair of uncontrolled artesian bores and the replacement of wasteful open earthen bore drains with piped reticulation systems through the Great Artesian Basin.

Lake Eyre Basin

The Lake Eyre Basin is one of the world's largest internally draining systems covering about 1.2 million square kilometres, almost one-sixth of Australia.