Water managment

Productivity Commission report card praises nation’s water management, but says there’s more to be done

18 September 2017

Australia’s reputation as a world leader in water management is well-deserved, according to a Productivity Commission review.

But it warned that there was more to do to implement the goals of the 2004 National Water Initiative, and to make sure progress already made was not undone.

Commissioner Jane Doolan said water managers must start planning for the impact of climate change and population growth on water availability.

In a draft report released today, the commission assessed Australia’s water reform effort over the past decade.

The report looked at the development of water rights and trading, and an increased emphasis on environmental flows and improvements.

However, it avoided scrutiny of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan, which will be the subject of its own Productivity Commission review next year.


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