The Australian Water Reform Journey: An overview of three decades of policy, management and institutional transformation
Traces how water policy, management and institutional arrangements have been transformed in Australia over the past three decades. Distils the key elements of the reform journey and lessons learned in conducting reforms.
The Australian Water Reform Journey (686kb)
Building Resilience to Drought: The Millenium Drought and Water Reform in Australia
Australia’s Millennium Drought (1997–2009) severely tested new arrangements developed during a multi-decadal program of water reform and lead to a new set of arrangements for dealing with drought and water scarcity. The drought ultimately played a key role in progressing water reform and building resilience to future water scarcity.
Building Resilience to Drought (913kb)
Framing papers for the High-Level Panel on Water
Huw Pohlner, Simon Hone, Will Fargher, and Chris Olszak of Aither identify the state of global practice in valuing water, describe how valuation has been integrated into water management to achieve more efficient, equitable and sustainable outcomes, and provide options to spark global action within an SDG timeframe to improve water management by making more effective use of valuation.
HLPW – Valuing Water (551kb)
Professor Tony Wong describes how Integrated Water Cycle Management can be used to address emerging global water management challenges to do with urbanisation as populations grow, environments become degraded, climate uncertainty increases, and resources are constrained.
HLPW – Human Settlements (2mb)
Building Resilient Economies and Communities Through the Effective Management of Water Scarcity and Drought
Professor Jane Doolan describes approaches to managing drought and water scarcity for the 40% of the world’s population facing these problems.
HLPW – Building Resilient Economies (913kb)
Gender & SDG 6: The Critical Connection
M. Grant, C. Huggett and J.Willetts explore how Sustainable Development Goal 6 and the High-Level Panel on Water Action Plan can significantly contribute to gender equality in both water resources management and WASH, and by doing so, will contribute to more sustainable and effective water management outcomes for all people, while decreasing the inequalities prevalent in many societies.
HLPW – Gender & SDG6: The Critical Connection (1.1mb)
WaterGuide: A Guide to setting a path to improved water resource management and use under scarcity
WaterGuide by H. Pohlner and W. Fargher of Aither, is an organising framework for improved water management and use in response to scarcity. The first edition of WaterGuide was published by the Australian Water Partnership in March 2017 as part of Australia’s contribution to the High Level Panel on Water, and has since been used as the foundation for water policy dialogues with Jordan, Mexico, Senegal and Iran. A newly released second edtion of WaterGuide improves the six-step framework based on its application for these countries, and demonstrates how it can and has been applied to improve water management globally.
WaterGuide (12.6mb) | Brochure
WaterGuide (Russian Edition) (4.7mb) | Brochure (Russian)
River Basin Planning: An Indian Guide
Rivers are celebrated through story and worship in India, some are considered goddesses and declared as nature’s wonder. Despite the importance of rivers and aquifers in India, their management faces critical challenges including water scarcity and competition. River basin planning is an important tool for responding to these challenges. In response to a Government of India request for support in how to go about basin planning, this Guide outlines key stages of river basin planning for practitioners in India. The purpose of this document is to provide an aid to working through the fundamental stages of river basin planning to ensure that the resulting plan meets the requirements of the Water Policy (2012) and CWC Guidelines on IWRM and River Basin Master Plans.
Full Guide (2.9mb)
Summary Guide (4.8mb)
Overview Brochure (760kb)
Indian River Basin Planning Policy Frameworks: Review and comparison with Australian experience
On the request of the Indian Ministry of Jal Shakti and the World Bank, AWP Partners Alluvium, Access Water management and UTS ISF have been supporting basin planning initiatives in India. As an initial step, the Ministry of Jal Shakti requested a review of river basin planning policy and regulatory frameworks in India to provide the knowledge base to support basin planning, with recommendations on possible policy reform options, including appropriate policy frameworks and related institutional and legal mechanisms to support effective river basin planning and governance. This report documents the findings of the review, with a focus on the Krishna Basin. The report has informed the development of River Basin Planning: An Indian Guide.
Indian River Basin Planning Policy Frameworks (1.5mb)
Managing Water for the Environment: An Australian Perspective
This publication offers practical advice for countries seeking to improve management of water for the environment within an SDG timeframe (i.e. by 2030). In many countries, the water demands of agriculture, industry, towns and cities are increasing year on year. As pressure on existing resources and the natural environment increases, water allocation and use decisions must acknowledge the fundamental importance of water for the environment as the basis for system health. This guide sets out elements that can be helpful when establishing or reforming related policies in any jurisdiction based on lessons from Australia and other countries.
Managing Water for the Environment: An Australian Perspective (7.3mb)
Gender Equality & Goal 6: The Critical Connection
Gender Equality & Goal 6: The Critical Connection expands on the framing paper for the High-Level Panel on Water (HLPW), by Melita Grant and Professor Juliet Willetts of the Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney, and Chelsea Huggett and Jane Wilbur of WaterAid. It includes additional content and delves deeper into Gender Equality and Social Inclusion issues – supporting AWP’s commitment to GESI – and focuses primarily on the HLPW Action Plan’s ‘Water Governance’ and ‘Universal Access to Safe Water and Sanitation’ themes. It identifies key areas of action for the HLPW, and other international development actors and governments, which can contribute to more sustainable and effective water management outcomes for all people while decreasing the inequalities prevalent in many societies. It also provides a range of case studies and outlines the implications for improving policy and practice.
Gender Equality & Goal 6: The Critical Connection (1.8mb)
Hydrogeology of the Dry Zone, Central Myanmar
Hydrogeology of the Dry Zone – Central Myanmar, is a major study by Dr Leonard Drury, prepared with assistance from the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation (MOALI). The study revises and updates hydrogeological surveys and a drilling program begun in the late 1970s to mid-1980s. It represents an understanding of the groundwater resources of the Dry Zone based on decades of experience from hydrogeologists from Myanmar and Dr Drury’s extensive international experience (read full summary).
English Edition (118mb) | Myanmar Language Edition (112mb)
Map Plate 1 (48mb) | Map Plate 2 (32mb) | Map Plate 3 (71mb)
The Evolution of Water Stewardship: An Australian Perspective
This publication tells the story of a concept catalysed by Australia’s Millenium Drought which eventually develops into a global system for managing water risks and for collaboration between business, government and community. AWS Water Stewardship provides a roadmap for industry, agriculture and all non-domestic water users to adopt good water stewardship, which seeks to achieve four outcomes: sustainable water balance, good water quality, healthy important water-related areas (ecosystems and cultural sites), and good water governance. The AWS Standard is the only freshwater management standard that meets the requirements of the ISEAL Code of Practice for Good Standard Setting, the global benchmark for credible sustainability standards.
The Evolution of Water Stewardship: An Australian Perspective (14.7mb)
WaterTools: A Guide to three national level platforms that support the management of Australia’s scarce water resources
This publication showcases three tools that are shaping Australia’s management of its scarce water resources: eWater Source, Digital Earth Australia and streamflow forecasting. WaterTools highlights how these tools support Australia’s approach to evidence-based water policy and management. It allows others to leverage Australia’s experience and expertise in using tools to inform and implement water policy and management solutions.
Irrigation Water Ordering – With applications for Thailand and surrounding regions: An Australian Perspective
This publication describes how the fundamental need for irrigation water at particular times led to the concept of water ordering in Australia. The underlying concepts which make up water ordering are explained using references to the key technologies in the irrigation industry, such as flow rates, and canal and pipe capacity. The report also explores the need for an improved irrigation system in Thailand at the river-basin level. Similar river systems in Australia have been identified, and case studies from these are presented which show how relatively easy modifications to how people use water can lead to major benefits to all irrigators. The case studies would serve as ideal trials for Thailand, with minimal changes in infrastructure.
Irrigation Water Ordering (3.5mb)
Environmental Water Management in the Indo-Pacific: An Australian Perspective
Nowhere else in the world is there a greater need to address environmental water issues than the Indo-Pacific region. This publication includes a review of current status and threats to freshwater ecosystems across each region in the Indo-Pacific, and the essential ecosystem services they sustain. It also provides an assessment of the demand and awareness across a range of environment water quality and quantity issues and challenges, identifies data and information gaps as well as the opportunities for capacity building and training. Key environmental water quality and quantity issues are also mapped against each region with a particular focus on countries in South-Asia, South-East Asia, East Asia and the Pacific.
Environmental Water Management in the Indo-Pacific (2.8mb)
Rural Water Charging: An Australian Perspective
This publication provides a summary of the key principles and processes followed in the setting of charges for rural water supply schemes across Australia. The aim is to provide an indication of the key steps and elements of the processes followed in Australia, to act as a guideline to help structure the development and implementation of charging regimes for rural water supplies in other countries. It is not intended to provide a prescriptive regime, but instead serves as a starting point to understanding the key issues to consider.
Rural Water Charging (2mb)
Water use efficiency in irrigated agriculture
This publication explores the Australian Water Use Efficiency (WUE) journey and provides practical examples of how Australia has improved its WUE. It aims to provide some insights for other countries who are facing water scarcity and the parallel need to increase agricultural productivity. The intensity of any focus on acheiving WUE is driven primarily by water scarcity and growing competition for limited water resources. Without scarcity WUE is often a byproduct of other productivity factors.
Water use efficiency in irrigated agriculture (2.5mb)