Water policy and resources

National Water Grid Authority

The National Water Grid Authority (the Authority) commenced operation on 1 October 2019, delivering on the Government’s election commitment of 30 April 2019.

The Authority will deliver the Government’s commitment to invest $100 million into bringing world best science together to identify opportunities to ensure water supply and reliability. The Authority will also deliver the $3.5 billion commitment to identify and build new water infrastructure through the $1.5 billion National Water Infrastructure Development Fund and the $2 billion National Water Infrastructure Loan Facility.

The Government is committed to the sustainable development of Australia’s water resources and integrating our water infrastructure to support the growth of regional Australia and meet the demands of a growing population.

Further information can be found at National Water Grid Authority.

North Queensland Water Infrastructure Authority

The North Queensland Water Infrastructure Authority (NQWIA) was established on 12 March 2019 to provide strategic planning and coordination of Commonwealth resources to implement priority water projects in North Queensland. The NQWIA is an Executive Agency under Section 65 of the Public Service Act 1999, with the following responsibilities:

  1. to provide strategic planning and coordination of Commonwealth resources to implement the Hughenden Irrigation Scheme project and the Hells Gates Dam Scheme (including Big Rocks Weir) project;
  2. to coordinate information sharing among relevant regulatory authorities necessary to implement the Hughenden Irrigation Scheme project and the Hells Gates Dam Scheme (including Big Rocks Weir) project;
  3. to provide advice to the Minister on the progress of the Hughenden Irrigation Scheme and the Hells Gates Dam Scheme (including Big Rocks Weir) project; and,
  4. to undertake other relevant tasks as the Minister may require from time to time.

Further information on the NQWIA’s purpose, plans and performance can be found at the website.

Further information on the Authority’s resources can be found the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cites and Regional Development – Budget Statements 2019-20.