NWI Policy Guidelines for Water Planning and Management

​​​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

See the 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​

Guideline modules

See also:

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