NWI Policy Guidelines for Water Planning and Management


On 21 September 2015, responsibility for water policy and resources was transferred to the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources - Administrative Arrangement Order made on 21 September 2015.

This website will be updated to reflect these changes.

National Water Initiative (NWI) is Australia's enduring blueprint for water reform. Through it, governments across Australia have agreed on actions to achieve a more cohesive national approach to the way Australia manages, plans for, measures, prices, and trades water.

These policy guidelines were commissioned in 2008 by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG). The objective of these guidelines is to assist all jurisdictions' water planners, policy makers and interested stakeholders in developing and implementing NWI-consistent water planning and management arrangements.

COAG endorsed the policy guidelines on 5 April 2012.

Further information on NWI consistent water sharing plans can be found at:

National Water Planning Report Card 2011: The inaugural National Water Planning Report Card 2011 provides a summary of the status of water plans across Australia

Status of incomplete water plans in Australia: States and territories are also developing schedules for the priority completion of NWI-consistent entitlement reform.

Guideline Case studies

To further assist water planners, policy makers and stakeholders in using the policy guidelines, supplementary information in the form of case studies and stand-alone modules have been developed.

Guideline Modules

See also: