The ACCC has completed its eighth annual report under the Water Act 2007 (Cth). This report provides information on the state of the rural water sector in the Murray-Darling Basin for the 2016–17 financial year.
New Zealand’s plants are facing increasing threats, according to this scientific report published by the Department of Conservation.
It is crucial that Australia persists in managing its water resources well, given our dry and highly variable climate and the importance of water to our economy. Some jurisdictions have become complacent. This report is an assessment of the progress in achieving the objectives and...
The Snowy Water Licence defines Snowy Hydro Limited's water rights and obligations, and strikes a balance between the competing demands for water for hydro-electricity generation and for the environment. The licence is subject to mandatory reviews under the Snowy Hydro Corporatisation Act 1997, initially after...
This report shows how climate change will impact on New Zealander’s health over the next 50-100 years, and makes the case for better preparation.
Two page info-graphic guide to a new Water Sensitive Cities Index tool.
The Index—developed by the Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities (CRCWSC)—is a tool for benchmarking against 34 indicators that characterise a water sensitive city.
This report draws on over ten years of ecological monitoring undertaken, as part of the Living Murray initiative, at six priority environmental assets, on the River Murray in the southern Murray–Darling Basin.
This paper raises the issue of the construction of the Water Act from a legal perspective, specifically in the context of its use of the term environmentally sustainable level of take. That task necessarily requires consideration of how ESLT is defined, including by reference to...
This decadal plan seeks to use new and emerging technologies, develop key infrastructure, and create a unified and dynamic science that will serve the needs of society, government, industry and Australia and New Zealand's unique biodiversity.
This report shows that, in some areas, soil and biodiversity are being seriously compromised by human actions. The evidence in the report highlights that the way land is used is contributing directly to erosion, and soil and water degradation, and is reducing the health and...
The ecological health of New Zealand's lowland rivers and lakes is in decline, but principles borrowed from drinking water safety could help reverse the degradation.
The purpose of this issues paper is to briefly set out matters from the Terms of Reference that are the subject of focus by the Commission, so as to assist any person or organisation wishing to submit a submission, or in the process of preparing...
On 16 August 2017, the following matter was referred to the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee for inquiry and report by 5 December 2017: The integrity of the water market in the Murray-Darling Basin, with particular reference to:
(a) the allegations...
This issues paper has been released to assist participants in preparing a submission to the inquiry to assess the effectiveness of the implementation of the Basin Plan and water resource plans.
The NSW Ombudsman, Michael Barnes, has tabled this report to correct the public record in relation to the enforcement statistics published in the former Acting Ombudsman’s November 2017 special report to Parliament.
This report contains detailed advice to Parliament on plans for a UK-style Zero Carbon Act and independent Climate Commission.
This report highlights that whilst the Murray Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) claims to base its recommendations on best available science, the proposed amendments allow the MDBA and the states change the Sustainable Diversion Limits (SDLs) without considering the science.
This paper analyzes the observed highest temperatures that occur every year at nearly 9000 stations, and how they are changing over time and especially over the past 50 and 30 years. This research found these short-term heatwaves to be increasing in most places, especially Eurasia and...