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The AWA Water Management Law and Policy (WMLP) Specialist Network
encourages the active involvement of members in sharing experiences in developing,
assessing and implementing water policies and laws, and influencing future sustainable
water governance decisions across Australia.
The objective of the Water Management Law and Policy Specialist
Network is to assist members increase their knowledge of how current and future
water laws, policies and development processes will influence water use across
Australia. This will be achieved by facilitating discussion around different water
‘themes’, collating and disseminating information, coordinating responses to draft
policy and legislation, providing opportunities for networking, and advocating
sustainable water management to all stakeholders.
In addition, we aim to provide
a platform for views to be expressed, understood and heard around what water policy
and law mechanisms and processes are needed in Australia.
Want to join the Water Management Law and Policy Specialist Network?
If you or a colleague would like to keep updated on the latest
developments and events in WMLP, then join us! To join this network you must be an AWA member.
To help you hit the ground running at Ozwater'14, AWA's Water Management Law & Policy Specialist Network Committee has reviewed the conference program and developed a list of must see policy presentations, sessions, and streams.
Here is just a taste of the sessions we think you should consider getting along to see:
Keen to learn which other papers we think you should attend? Download our recommendations and join us in Brisbane for Ozwater'14 - AWA's must attend event for water industry professionals.
Ministerial group to look at Australia’s future water needs
The Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, will chair a new ministerial working group set up to identify new infrastructure projects that can deliver Australia's water supply needs in the future. The first task of the group, which was established by Prime Minister Tony Abbott, will be to identify priorities, investment and processes to fast-track development. Minister Joyce said water infrastructure had to keep pace with economic opportunities in Australia's region and with national population growth. "Australia's population is expected to reach 35 million by 2050 and we also have to take advantage of the growing wealth of hundreds of millions of people who live close by," Minister Joyce said. (Minister Joyce)
AWA welcomed the new Ministerial Working Group. (AWA)
Water Security Reliability - JOIN THE DISCUSSION ON OUR FORUM
The WMLP committee member Marco van Winden has developed a
discussion paper, and invites the industry to discuss around the topic:
Water Security - Is the infrastructure between
the source and the demand adequatly secure, reliable and resilient?
Download the discussion paper
and join the discussion on AWA's forum by clicking here.
Water Quality Governance: Overview of the National Regulatory Developments
Regulatory and policy approaches towards the use of recycled water in Australia are closely
entwined with simultaneous policy developments regarding water quality in
general and drinking water quality in particular.
Anne Pye, from the WMLP committee developed a chronological
summary of some of those developments and the ensuing policy discussions which
have been documented in various national reports.
to access the overview on Water Quality Governance.
AWA Policy Principles - NOW AVAILABLE
The WMLP Specialist
Network has helped develop a series of policy principles.
These principles are to guide the Association’s review of government
policies (e.g. the development of a submission it may make on a
government Green Paper) and the development of its own policies (e.g.
All comments and queries regarding the Principles should be directed to Kim Wuyts
WMLP SURVEY RESULTS
The committee has prepared a short survey which will be helpful in getting to know the
network members and identify several key themes that the WMLP network can initially
Please CLICK HERE
to view the survey results.
LEGISLATIVE & POLICY FRAMEWORK FOR WATER MANAGEMENT IN AUSTRALIA
The WMLP Specialist Network has developed an overview of current water law,
policy and government departments from across Australia.
The list has
been compiled by the WMLP Specialist Committee to assist network members
navigate and review their way around relevant Australian water law and
Click here to view the list.