The National Water Initiative (NWI) is Australia's enduring blueprint for water reform.
Through the NWI, governments across Australia have agreed on actions to achieve a more cohesive national approach to the way Australia manages, plans for, measures, prices, and trades water.
These policy guidelines were commissioned in 2008 by the
Council of Australian Governments (COAG) .
The objective of these guidelines is to assist all jurisdictions' water planners, policy makers and interested stakeholders in developing and implementing NWI-consistent water planning and management arrangements.
COAG endorsed the policy guidelines on 5 April 2012. See
National Water Initiative Policy Guidelines for Water Planning and Management.
National Water Planning Report Card 2011 for a summary of the status of water plans across Australia.
To further assist water planners, policy makers and stakeholders in using the policy guidelines, we developed case studies and stand-alone modules.
Guideline case studies