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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.


    It involves:

    • Acting as an advocate for balancing economical, environmental and social aspects of water management practices.
    • Activities aimed at educating and influencing the actions of individuals and organisations involved in water governance arrangements in Australia.
    • Active involvement in assessing and communicating the impact of current and proposed water law and policy activities established locally, regionally and nationally.
    • Education of members and interested parties regarding the complexity and importance of equitable and sustainable water law and policy practices.



    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. 


    How can we make this network benefit you?
    The Water Management Law and Policy Specialist Network Committee is thinking of what activities it can plan to best deliver benefit to AWA members.
    In order to plan activities that are of benefit to members all over the country, we need to hear from you.
    What would you like to see the network do over the next few years? What needs do you have which we may help meet? What challenges are you facing in your role that need a solution?
    Whether it be training, networking, developing policies, contributing to international standards or anything else that will help you in your Asset Management role, please get in touch.
    Contact Antonia Curcio at



    May 2015
    Latest newsletter is out now!

    June is approaching fast and it is a very busy month for submissions! if you have any interest and/or expertise in these areas we’d love to hear from you. Please get in touch with

    Newsletter highlights include:
    • Upcoming submissions:
      - Regulator Performance Framework
      - National Groundwater Strategic Framework
      - ACCC’s Review of Water Charge Rules Issues Paper
      - Our Water Future Discussion Paper – A Conversation with Territorians
    • News

    Network members should have a copy in their inbox and can also access it here.

    Join the Water Management Law and Policy Linkedin group 

    AWA would like to engage the wider specialist network members with activities. To do so we are encouraging all network members to join the specialist network LinkedIn group. To access the Water Management Law and Policy LinkedIn group visit the Australian Water Association Group and view the sub-groups. 


     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.


    Click here to access the overview on Water Quality Governance.


     AWA Policy Principles 


    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. Position Papers).


    The Policy Principles have now been endorsed by the Board. Click here to view the Policy Principles.


    All comments and queries regarding the Principles should be directed to Antonia Curcio



    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 policies.


    Click here to view the list.