Urban water in Australia: future directions

Ecosystems Urbanisation Sustainability Policy Power resources Urban planning Water Australia


The National Water Commission's 2007 and 2009 biennial assessments of progress in the implementation of the Intergovernmental Agreement on the National Water Initiative raised concerns about the performance of the urban water sector and declared that the National Water Initiative did not give sufficiently clear guidance on the required direction for urban water reform.

To resolve this challenge and provide keystone input to governments' decisions on urban water policy, the Commission launched its 'Developing Future Directions for the Australian Urban Water Sector' project in mid 2010.

This final report - Urban water in Australia: future directions - considers whether the sector's underlying institutional and policy settings need reshaping to improve performance now and in the future, and sets out the Commission's findings and recommendations.

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