About the National Water Grid Authority

Delivering the next generation of Australia’s water infrastructure

The National Water Grid Authority (NWGA) plays a key role in coordinating a national approach to water infrastructure planning and development, and shaping national water infrastructure policy and investment.

We work in partnership with state and territory governments to identify, plan and invest in water infrastructure projects across the country that will support thriving regions by growing our agriculture sector, increasing water security and building resilience.

We work closely with the National Water Grid Advisory Body, which provides independent expert advice to the Government on the specific water infrastructure policies, projects and investment priorities that will help deliver the National Water Grid.

Regional communities experience the effects of our variable climate first hand and have valuable perspectives to offer on water infrastructure priorities. Engaging with stakeholder groups such as regional community and agricultural organisations, local governments and the general public is an important aspect of how we work.

The NWGA acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Australia and their continuing connection to the land and waters. We value the contribution and rich cultural heritage of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. We are committed to empowering and supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples through our work and our actions.

Our role in the Commonwealth

The NWGA is the lead Australian Government agency responsible for investing in Australia’s next generation water infrastructure, but it is only one part of the Australian Government’s broader water agenda.

We work closely with other Australian Government agencies to ensure water infrastructure investment decisions complement the Government’s wider policy objectives. These include agriculture and economic and regional development.

Our counterparts include the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, the Murray-Darling Basin Authority, the Office of Northern Australia and the North Queensland Water Infrastructure Authority.

Our work is consistent with and supports the aims of the National Water Initiative and other water governance arrangements, including the Water Act 2007.

The Chief Executive Officer of the NWGA is Marisa Purvis-Smith.

Our state and territory partners

Australia’s state and territory governments play an important role in the management of Australia’s water resources and are responsible for developing project proposals water infrastructure, including feasibility projects and business cases.

We recognise the important role states and territories play in the management of Australia’s water resources and will continue to collaborate to identify, plan and build the next generation of Australia’s water infrastructure.