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  • Lynn Gabriel

Leadership in national water policy

Australia faces major challenges to ensure a sustainable water supply for agriculture, the environment and communities in the face of climate variability, water scarcity and growing demand for water.

While state and territory governments are responsible for managing their water resources, the Australian Government provides national coordination and leadership to drive policy and law reforms to manage our water resources sustainably and productively for future generations of Australians.

To drive water reform, the Dept of Agriculture, Water and the Environment collaborates and consults with state and territory governments, other Australian Government agencies with an interest in water management, scientists, councils and committees of experts, and communities. They also engage in multilateral discussions on international water policy issues, sharing our knowledge and experiences of sustainable water management for all water users and the environment.

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