AWP Knowledge Resource

The Australian Water Narrative

The Australian Water Reform Journey: An overview of three decades of policy, management and institutional transformation

Traces how water policy, management and institutional arrangements have been transformed in Australia over the past three decades. Distils the key elements of the reform journey and lessons learned in conducting reforms.
The Australian Water Reform Journey  686kb

Building Resilience to Drought: The Millenium Drought and Water Reform in Australia

Australia’s Millennium Drought (1997–2009) severely tested new arrangements developed during a multi-decadal program of water reform and lead to a new set of arrangements for dealing with drought and water scarcity. The drought ultimately played a key role in progressing water reform and building resilience to future water scarcity.
Building Resilience to Drought    913kb

Framing papers for the High-Level Panel on Water

Valuing Water

Huw Pohlner, Simon Hone, Will Fargher, and Chris Olszak of Aither identify the state of global practice in valuing water, describe how valuation has been integrated into water management to achieve more efficient, equitable and sustainable outcomes, and provide options to spark global action within an SDG timeframe to improve water management by making more effective use of valuation.
HLPW – Valuing Water    551kb

Human Settlements

Professor Tony Wong describes how Integrated Water Cycle Management can be used to address emerging global water management challenges to do with urbanisation as populations grow, environments become degraded, climate uncertainty increases, and resources are constrained.
HLPW – Human Settlements    2MB

Building Resilient Economies and Communities Through the Effective Management of Water Scarcity and Drought

Professor Jane Doolan describes approaches to managing drought and water scarcity for the 40% of the world’s population facing these problems.
HLPW – Building Resilient Economies    913kb

Gender & SDG 6: The Critical Connection

M. Grant, C. Huggett and J.Willetts explore how Sustainable Development Goal 6 and the High-Level Panel on Water Action Plan can significantly contribute to gender equality in both water resources management and WASH, and by doing so, will contribute to more sustainable and effective water management outcomes for all people, while decreasing the inequalities prevalent in many societies.
HLPW – Gender & SDG6: The Critical Connection   1.1mb


WaterGuide: Setting a path to improved water resource management and use under scarcity

WaterGuide, by H. Pohlner and W. Fargher of Aither, is an organising framework for improving water resource management and use in response to scarcity. It is intended to be used primarily by national or local governments in countries where water scarcity is a present or future threat to human health and wellbeing, economic development and/or environmental sustainability. WaterGuide provides multiple entry points for decision makers seeking to adapt proven water governance (including policy, regulation, incentives and institutions) and management arrangements to their own country or sub-national context.
HLPW – WaterGuide  6.1mb