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  • As the leading water sector body in Australia, the AWA provides information about the latest developments in the water sector.

    For this, AWA has commissioned or is involved in research that provides accurate and current information about water matters of key interest to members and the water sector.


    State of the Water Sector

    AWA and its research partner Deloitte have carried out a survey of water sector participants’ attitudes to the critical issues facing the sector. The State of the Water Sector Survey was conducted in late 2010. In all, 1,162 responses were received and a Preliminary Report presenting the results was released at the end of that year.

    Based on this quantitative data, interviews were conducted with water sector leaders to gather qualitative information about the perceptions of those who are guiding the industry, now and into the future. Together, these two pieces of work provide a comprehensive view of the state of the Australian water sector, rural and urban.   It is AWA’s and Deloitte’s intention to repeat this Survey annually.


    The quantitative data arising from the 2010 survey has also been prepared as a series of state/territory based reports highlighting difference among respondents in particular jurisdictions and the national sample. The state/territory-based reports can be downloaded from the links below:

     Community perceptions research

    To coincide with the launch of National Water Week 2010, AWA commissioned research examining community attitudes towards a number of water issues. These include water restrictions, pricing and supply options. A summary of the findings can be found here.

    The full research report is available to AWA members. If you would like to access this report please contact  AWA at 02 9436 0055.