Further details on projects being funded under each of these three elements can be found on the National Water Security Plan for Cities and Towns projects page.
The Australian Government committed funding to 20 projects as outlined in the Government's 2007 election commitments. As part of the 2010 election commitments, two further projects were allocated funding.
A competitive grants round was commenced in October 2009. Thirty two projects worth $73.6 million were approved.
On 23 April 2010 funding of $51.7 million from the National Water Security Plan for Cities and Towns was announced for 18 projects in 17 communities to support the COAG Strategy on Water and Wastewater Services in Remote (including Indigenous) Communities.
Objectives of the COAG Strategy are:
- provide sustainable, secure and safe water supplies and wastewater services
- provide a level of service that meets the regulatory standards that would apply to any other community of similar size and location and
- encourage responsible use of water and, where appropriate, water conservation.
Key elements of the COAG Strategy are:
- institutional and regulatory arrangements
- support for service providers and communities
- service standards
- ongoing support
- responsible water use and conservation
- sustainability of water resources, including impacts of climate change
- appropriate technology
For up-to-date information about the Water for the Future initiative.