National Water Grid Authority

We live in the driest inhabited continent in the world, making water one of our most valuable and important resources to protect. The National Water Grid Authority (NWGA) provides a national partnership approach to respectful and responsible investment that improves water security.

With science and planning driving our decisions, we work with state and territory governments to invest in water projects that support the future of Australia. This includes investing in projects that will make water available to regional and remote communities.

We know by working together we can ensure our water is sustainable, reliable and resilient to drought and other climate conditions into the future.

Message from our Minister

The Hon Tanya Plibersek MP, Minister for the Environment and Water

The Hon Tanya Plibersek MP
Minister for the Environment and Water

Read about Minister Plibersek’s commitment to ensuring every Australian community has safe and reliable water security for the future.

Find out more

  • Discover

    Discover the work behind developing the National Water Grid

  • Science

    Sound science to inform funding decisions

  • Investment framework

    A clear approach to investing in water infrastructure projects

  • Program of work

    Business case, science and construction projects

Current work

The Australian Government is investing safe and reliable water for Australians via a range of planning, science and construction projects. Our projects deliver benefits for communities including:

  • increased water access
  • resilience to drought
  • climate change resilience
  • economic growth and job creation.

Map of water grid projects across Australia

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 deliver water security. The Australian Government’s investment decisions will be guided by and developed with our partners.