In March 2008, the
Council of Australian Government (COAG) agreed to develop a work program on water with actions under 4 main themes:
- addressing overallocation and achieving environmental outcomes
- enhancing water markets
- urban water reforms
- water information and capacity building.
COAG considered the work program and agreed to specific actions designed to enhance and build on the National Water Initiative.
COAG discussed water reform at its December 2009 meeting and agreed to redouble its efforts to accelerate the pace of reform under the National Water Initiative.
As a consequence of the work program and subsequent COAG decisions, governments have agreed to: