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About  Marsden Jacob Associates Pty Ltd

Marsden Jacob Associates is Australia’s leading specialist natural resource economics and policy consultancy.

Sustainable water management is at the core of our business. Over the past two decades many of our staff have made significant contributions to the evaluation, design and implementation of national and state level water reforms, policies and initiatives in Australia. Much of our work has centered on crafting solutions to the issues underpinning AWP vision – how to manage water resources effectively and equitably to support sustainable economic development, improve water security for all, and reduce environmental and social impacts and regional tensions caused by water resource governance, allocation and use.

We deliver work that combines intellectual discipline, technical rigor, creative thinking, real world experience and common sense. Our advice is pragmatic, workable, and communicated in plain English. We are a highly collegiate consulting practice, operating based on the merit of ideas, arguments, and evidence, not rank. Our business is built around open, regular and constructive communication and knowledge sharing between our team members, and with our clients and partner firms.

Our partnership with AWP will bring:

  • An experienced team with a demonstrated track-record in delivering leading water economics and policy in Australia and internationally across AWP’s four water use domains: water-sensitive cities, modern irrigation schemes, environmental water, and catchments and river basins.
  • A team with extensive knowledge, deep skills and a long history of inter-disciplinary collaboration across AWP’s four core reform themes: (1) integrated assessment of water availability and quality, catchment condition and ecosystem health, (2) integrated basin-scale planning, including climatic extremes, (3) governance reform, including robust water entitlements and allocation frameworks, and institutional strengthening, and (4) managing urban and rural demand and improving use efficiency, including use by ecosystems.
  • Demonstrated ability to produce high quality plain English reports and briefings on time for senior internal and external stakeholders * Demonstrated strength in stakeholder engagement * strong sector networks. Further detail is provided at