High Level Steering Group on Water
Environment Australia, August 2000
About the Draft Agenda
The Draft National Water Policy Agenda was produced by the High Level Steering Group on Water. The Agenda's objective is to pursue national economic, social and environmental benefits through a shared vision across jurisdictions of principles and practices for improving the Australian water industry.
The National Water Policy Agenda seeks to build on the achievements of the Council of Australian Governments Water Reform Framework to deliver the following benefits:
- sustainable rural and regional growth;
- enhanced environmental quality of rivers, streams and groundwater;
- reduced conflict between competing users of the resource; and
- increased customer satisfaction.
The Draft National Water Policy Agenda was noted by the Agriculture and Resource Management Council of Australia and New Zealand in August 2000, and endorsed for public release by the Australian and New Zealand Environment and Conservation Council in December 2000, noting that it was drafted in advance of the agreement by the Council of Australian Governments to the National Action Plan for Salinity and Water Quality. The Draft National Water Policy Agenda paper is released with acknowledgment that the policy context for natural resource management has evolved since its development, particularly in respect to the National Action Plan for Salinity and Water Quality.