Aim: Support adaptation to climate change, wise water use, secure water supplies, and healthier rivers, water ways and freshwater ecosystems.
The minister administers legislation under the Water Act 2007. His responsibilities in relation to water reform include national policies and programs to achieve sustainable management of Australia's water resources.
The Australian Government's Water for the Future initiative is a long-term, multi-billion dollar investment to better balance the water needs of communities, farmers and the environment. Water for the Future is built on four key priorities: taking action on climate change; securing water supplies; using water wisely; and supporting healthy rivers. Under the initiative, significant funding is provided for water purchasing, irrigation infrastructure modernisation, water supply infrastructure and urban water security.
- Budget 2013-14 Media release: Restoring the Murray-Darling Basin to health - 14 May 2013
- Media release: Public consultation on regulation amendments to water market trading - 7 May 2013
- Media release: Science provides a new understanding of Great Artesian Basin - 27 March 2013
- Question without notice: Progress of Murray-Darling Basin reform - 19 March 2013
- Media release: Strategic purchase program to offer options for irrigators - 17 March 2013
- Media release: Greater protection for water resources - 12 March 2013
- Media release: Gillard Government supports irrigators - 13 February 2013
- Media release: Historic Murray-Darling Basin legislation passes parliament - 7 February 2013
- Media release: Local engagement officers for environmental watering - 6 February 2013
- Media release: International recognition for South Australia's Piccaninnie Ponds - 25 January 2013
- Media release: Lindsay Island Environmental Works Project - 9 January 2013
- Media release: Murray Darling to benefit from water efficiency projects - 10 December 2012
- Media release: New Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder appointed - 30 November 2012