Water Research Access Portal (WRAP)

Water Research Access Portal (WRAP)


22 Oct 2015

ClimateWatch was developed by Earthwatch with the Bureau of Meteorology and The University of Melbourne to understand how changes in temperature and rainfall are affecting the seasonal behaviour of Australia's plants and animals. The first continental phenology project in the Southern Hemisphere, ClimateWatch enables...


7 Oct 2015

The Australian Water Association and Deloitte are pleased to present the State of the Water Sector Report 2015 . The Report is the only one of its kind, reporting on the trends and insights of water sector professionals about their own industry.

The survey...


7 Oct 2015

Executive Summary

Do we think and talk about water only when we are in drought? Do we complain about the price of water, but are happy to pay $3 a bottle for it at the shop? Do urban residents think differently about water...


6 Aug 2015

This paper examines population trends, the impact of racial differences on political stability and economic trends in order to ascertain the kinds of challenges that Indonesia will need to address in the near future if it is to meet its developmental goals.


Book review

31 Jul 2015

Governments are in the business of promoting desirable economic and social outcomes and undertaking this business sometimes involves financial aid or subsidies. Subsidies should, of course, be well-designed, such that their benefits exceed their costs. Many are not. Yet even when they are, problems arise:...


15 Jan 2015

Encompassing over 1.58 million hectares, the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA) occupies almost a quarter of Tasmania and is one of the largest temperate natural areas in the southern hemisphere. The area is formally recognised as a World Heritage property through the World Heritage...


16 Sep 2014

This paper provides an overview of water availability in Australia, the major sources of water, and the spatial and time challenges limiting access to water resources.


Australia is recognised as the world’s driest inhabited continent; with access to just over one...


27 May 2014

This book brings together some of the world’s leading water researchers with an especially written collection of chapters on: water economics; transboundary water; water and development; water and energy; and water concepts.


Freshwater governance holds a prominent position in the global...

Working paper

30 Apr 2013

Collaborative governance is talked about as something New Zealand needs to have more of, to deal with the sorts of issues governement faces today, like solving use and conservation of fresh water. There is even some promising practice of collaborative governance such as through the...

5 Dec 2011

For APO, Annie Bolitho looks at more creative ways into the Murray Darling Basin quagmire.


Recently the e-bulletin NRM jobs , advertised new positions for Directors at the Murray Darling Basin Authority (MDBA). The first responsibility listed stated: “ Lead and...


30 Mar 2011

This paper argues that voluntary conservation significantly affects water usage.

Demand management has been of interest in dry climates such as Australia, Spain and the Western United States for decades. It is particularly important to understand policy options during drought conditions, as drought periods...


18 Jul 2008

Sydney’s water supply is under great pressure as the demand continues to rise. Demand mitigation strategies have had some success, but domestic consumption remains high. This paper discusses the attitudes of households to their water consumption in a search for ways in which domestic demand...


30 Mar 2006

Gavan Dwyer, Robert Douglas, Deb Peterson, Jo Chong and Kate Maddern discuss the nature and causes of environmental change related to rural water use, and provide a taxonomy of the many diverse types. They also examine the issues surrounding possible charges on water use for...


16 Aug 2005

Recent drought conditions have raised our awareness that present demands on Australian water utilities are heavy and set to intensify. Indeed, water and wastewater sectors are amongst the fastest growing utility sectors. As part of integrated water cycle management, realising the potential of water recycling...