NWI Policy Guidelines for Water Planning and Management

​​​​The National Water Initiative (NWI) is Australia's enduring blueprint for water reform.

Through the NWI, governments across Australia have agreed on actions to achieve a more cohesive national approach to the way Australia manages, plans for, measures, prices, and trades water.

These policy guidelines were commissioned in 2008 by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG).

The objective of these guidelines is to assist all jurisdictions' water planners, policy makers and interested stakeholders in developing and implementing NWI-consistent water planning and management arrangements.

COAG endorsed the policy guidelines on 5 April 2012. See National Water Initiative Policy Guidelines for Water Planning and Management

See the National Water Planning Report Card 2011 for a summary of the status of water plans across Australia.

To further assist water planners, policy makers and stakeholders in using the policy guidelines, we developed case studies and stand-alone modules.

Guideline case studies​

Guideline modules


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Risk assessment module PDF PDF Icon  10 183 KB
Risk assessment module DOC Word Icon 10 105 KB

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Last reviewed: 13 October 2020
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