National Water Grid Authority

Delivering the next generation of water infrastructure for Australia

The National Water Grid is the Australian Government’s plan for a secure water future.

With several projects already complete and more underway, the National Water Grid is building a series of region-specific water storage and distribution solutions to secure predictable supplies of water now and into the future.

Through the National Water Grid the Australian Government is funding water infrastructure that is helping increase water security across the country and strengthening climate resilience. It is helping to grow Australia’s regions, increase our agricultural output and support water security for communities.

The National Water Grid will help unlock agricultural opportunities in new regions, especially in Australia’s north, and will increase water security in established agricultural areas.

Managing water well is crucial for Australia’s future. The National Water Grid Authority (NWGA) is playing a leading role in developing Australia’s National Water Grid – the next generation of water infrastructure for Australia.


  • Discover

    Discover the work behind developing the National Water Grid

  • Science

    Sound science to secure water for the future

  • Investment framework

    Evidence-based water infrastructure investment

  • Construction program

    National Water Grid construction projects

  • Get involved

    Working together to deliver the next generation of Australia's water infrastructure

Fast facts

The development of the National Water Grid will future-proof Australia’s resources, increase our climate resilience and support prosperity and liveability for regional and remote communities as well as growth in our agriculture sector.

  • Did you know?

    Water underpins Australia’s agriculture and primary industry sectors, supporting more than 220,000 jobs and injecting billions into our national economy each year. By investing in water infrastructure, we are supporting these sectors well into the future, creating the conditions for resilient regional economies and growing jobs, now and into the future.

  • Did you know?

    Agriculture and primary industry sectors account for more than half of Australia’s annual demand for water. Increasing access to reliable water will help agriculture grow towards a $100 billion industry. Investing in the right infrastructure in the right places will support Australian agriculture and primary production in established areas, and help unlock agricultural production in new areas, including Australia’s north.

  • Did you know?

    The NWGA is working in partnership with Australia’s states and territories and leading science agencies to identify and prioritise nationally-important regional water infrastructure projects that benefit the agriculture and primary industry sectors. The Australian Government’s investment decisions will be guided by and developed with our partners.

What’s happening right now?

The Australian Government is investing in the National Water Grid, with more than 150 water infrastructure projects and business cases around Australia. These projects are delivering benefits for regional communities, including increased water security and resilience to drought, climate resilience, as well as improved regional economic growth and jobs creation. The Australian Government is broadening the National Water Grid Fund, to allow funding for more projects to meet the needs of essential town water supplies in regional and remote communities.

Our map provides more information.

Map of water grid projects across Australia

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