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.

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 Minister

 

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

The Hon Tanya Plibersek was sworn in as Minister for the Environment and Water on 1 June 2022.

Our CEO

Stephanie Werner

Stephanie Werner is the CEO of the National Water Grid Authority and Head of Division for Water Infrastructure within the Australian Government Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water.

Stephanie brings a wealth of experience including a strong understanding of infrastructure, primarily in transport and regional development, including as Chief of Staff to the former Secretary of the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts. Stephanie’s focus has been on projects which deliver productivity and regional development benefits. Prior to joining Infrastructure, Stephanie spent 15 years in foreign and trade policy, serving overseas in Indonesia, South Korea, the UK, Ghana and Iran. She speaks Indonesian and Korean.

Under Stephanie’s leadership, the Authority is working closely with states and territories to plan, identify, and build the next generation of water infrastructure to increase water security and strengthen climate resilience across the country.

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.

The NWGA forms part of the Australian Government’s Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water, which is responsible for improving the sustainable management of Australia’s water supply for industry, the environment and communities.

We work closely with other Australian Government agencies to ensure water infrastructure investment decisions complement the Government’s wider policy objectives. This includes agriculture, economic and regional development as well as water policy.

Our counterparts include 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.

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 for 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.