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Water

National Water Grid Authority

The National Water Grid Authority (the Authority) was established on 1 October 2019 to play a leading role in developing Australia’s National Water Grid—a series of region-specific water storage and distribution solutions that will secure predictable supplies of water now and into the future.

As part of the 2021–22 Federal Budget, the Australian Government announced 12 new projects to continue developing the National Water Grid through the National Water Grid Fund, taking the Government's total commitment to $3.5 billion. This commitment forms part of a rolling 10 year water infrastructure investment program, administered by the Authority.

Further information can be found at National Water Grid Authority.

North Queensland Water Infrastructure Authority

The North Queensland Water Infrastructure Authority (NQWIA) was established on 12 March 2019 to provide strategic planning and coordination of Commonwealth resources to implement priority water projects in North Queensland. The NQWIA is an Executive Agency under Section 65 of the Public Service Act 1999, with the following responsibilities:

  1. to provide strategic planning and coordination of Commonwealth resources to implement the Hughenden Irrigation Scheme project and the Hells Gates Dam Scheme (including Big Rocks Weir) project
  2. to coordinate information sharing among relevant regulatory authorities necessary to implement the Hughenden Irrigation Scheme project and the Hells Gates Dam Scheme (including Big Rocks Weir) project
  3. to provide advice to the Minister on the progress of the Hughenden Irrigation Scheme and the Hells Gates Dam Scheme (including Big Rocks Weir) project
  4. to undertake other relevant tasks as the Minister may require from time to time

In early 2020, an additional project was assigned to the Authority to investigate further potential irrigation opportunities in the Upper Burdekin Basin.

Further information on the NQWIA’s purpose, plans and performance can be found on the North Queensland Water Infrastructure Authority website.