Distilling these will provide a number of indicators that tell us about the level of security we have in cities and in regional, rural and remote areas.
This process is designed to create increased community awareness on how government and business leaders are planning and investing for the future.
We hope the Water Security for all Australians scorecard:
- prompts the parties to lead a national conversation that raises the importance of water and engages the community in a mature debate about the role we all play in securing our water future
- will define measures and targets for the levels of water security across Australia
- enable evidence-based policies and regulation to be sent that creates the right conditions and incentives for businesses and the community to use, operate and invest in water and water infrastructure
- creates the opportunities for Australia to build the new forms of human and intellectual capital it needs to research, innovate and develop new and better solutions.
State of play
All the parties acknowledged in some way the importance of water security to Australia. However, no party provided a policy that comprehensively addresses it at a Commonwealth level. More policy focus is needed across all parties on how the Commonwealth Government will lead a national conversation that raises the importance of water and engages the community in a mature debate about the role we all play in securing our water future and exercise its leadership across all levels of government with significant and noticeable effect and set water policy more holistically with full regard for economic development, agriculture, mining, the environment, cities and other communities. Read more about the party polices in the full discussion paper here
The Association will advocate and advise governments and the community how to improve water security in the best interests of the country.
To strengthen its expertise and capacity, invites support from industry and community associations, utilities and corporations to help us in advancing Australia’s water security.
Download the Discussion Paper