Rethinking Australian Water Law and Governance: Successes, Challenges and Future Directions

Environmental and Planning Law Journal, Volume 33, No 4, pp. 275-283 (2016)

Posted: 30 May 2018

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Cameron Holley

UNSW Sydney, Faculty of Law, Connected Waters Initiative Research Centre, Global Water Institute; University of New South Wales (UNSW) - Faculty of Law

Darren Sinclair

Independent

Date Written: August 1, 2016

Abstract

Australia has been a world leader in water law and governance reform. However, after 20 years of progress, water is quickly slipping from the national agenda. Despite many remaining implementation challenges and drought risks, there has been little detailed intergovernmental direction about the “next steps” in Australia’s water strategy. At this critical juncture, this Special Issue brings together leading water law and governance scholars and practitioners to contribute new lines of vision to Australian water governance as we move forward into the 21st century. This introductory article sets the scene for the Special Issue by outlining the key building blocks of Australia’s water governance system, before laying out the key questions explored in the subsequent eight articles, namely: How far has Australia come with the National Water Initiative? Is the current governance system a sufficient model capable of broader application to meet future water challenges and a sustainable future? And what fundamental reforms and changes might be required and what other credible water governance and policy alternatives might be available? The article concludes by summarising and synthesising the issues around four key policy parameters, namely: markets; participation; groundwater and policy mixes; and developing northern Australia.

Suggested Citation

Holley, Cameron and Sinclair, Darren, Rethinking Australian Water Law and Governance: Successes, Challenges and Future Directions (August 1, 2016). Environmental and Planning Law Journal, Volume 33, No 4, pp. 275-283 (2016), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3158912

Cameron Holley (Contact Author)

UNSW Sydney, Faculty of Law, Connected Waters Initiative Research Centre, Global Water Institute ( email )

UNSW
Sydney, New South Wales 2052
Australia

University of New South Wales (UNSW) - Faculty of Law ( email )

Kensington, New South Wales 2052
Australia

Darren Sinclair

Independent ( email )

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