Water

National Water Grid Authority

The National Water Grid Authority (the Authority) commenced operation on 1 October 2019.

The Authority is playing 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 2020-21 Federal Budget, the Government announced an additional $2 billion for new water infrastructure projects through the National Water Infrastructure Development 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; and,
  4. to undertake other relevant tasks as the Minister may require from time to time.

Further information on the NQWIA’s purpose, plans and performance can be found at the website.