Water information


On 21 September 2015, responsibility for water policy and resources was transferred to the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources - Administrative Arrangement Order made on 21 September 2015.

This website will be updated to reflect these changes.

Acid sulfate soils

Water and soil quality can be seriously affected by exposing or disturbing acid sulfate soils. This section provides access to information that may assist in the management of Acid Sulfate Soils.

Aquatic ecosystems toolkit

Aquatic ecosystems are collectively the wet parts of the environment. They can be rivers, streams, swamps, lakes, estuaries, marine systems, and underground aquifers.

The Aquatic Ecosystems Toolkit has been prepared to assist map and classify aquatic ecosystems including the identification of high ecological value aquatic ecosystems.

Improving Water Information

Improving Water Information provides additional funding to the Bureau of Meteorology to accurately monitor, assess and forecast the availability, condition and use of our water resources.

National Water Knowledge and Research Platform

The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) agreed to the development of a National Water Knowledge and Research Platform. The purpose of the Platform is to allow for key decisions on water policy, management and use in Australia to be based on best available and continuously improving knowledge and information.

Northern Australia Water Futures Assessment

The objective of the Northern Australia Water Futures Assessment is to provide an enduring knowledge base to inform decisions about development of northern Australia's water resources.

Sustainable Yields project

Via the Sustainable Yields project, the Australian Government has commissioned the CSIRO to undertake assessments to provide robust estimates of current and future water availability in the Murray-Darling Basin and as well as Tasmania, Western Australia and northern Australia. The results of these assessments will provide the science to help underpin the sustainable planning and management of water resources.

Water education resources

The Water education resources provides classroom material for teachers. The Toolkit provides links to a wealth of web-based resources about water issues which can be searched by the Australian School Curriculum 'key concepts'.