About the National Water Grid Authority

The Authority is playing a key role in progressing the National Water Grid by shaping national water infrastructure policy and bringing together world best science to identify and plan the next generation of water infrastructure that will support thriving regions by:

  • growing our primary industries
  • increasing water security
  • building resilience to a changing climate

The Authority's objectives are to:

  • Develop, in partnership with state and territory governments, a national framework for investment in water infrastructure to identify a pipeline of priority water infrastructure projects that will increase the capacity, connectivity and resilience of Australia’s water storage and supply infrastructure and deliver the National Water Grid.
  • Use world best science to determine where and how Australia’s water resources can be sustainably developed to increase security and reliability of supply. This includes consideration of initiatives such as the Bradfield Scheme and variations.
  • Deliver the Government’s $3.5 billion commitment to identify and build new water infrastructure through the $1.5 billion National Water Infrastructure Development Fund and the $2 billion National Water Infrastructure Loan Facility.

The Authority is part of the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications.

Our Minister is the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack: minister.infrastructure.gov.au/mccormack