National Water Grid construction program
Working in partnership
The National Water Grid Authority (NWGA) is working in partnership with Australia’s states and territories to identify, plan and deliver a program of national water infrastructure investments that will improve the reliability and security of water for Australia’s regions and agriculture and primary industry sectors.
The Australian Government has established the National Water Grid Fund as a $3.5 billion rolling 10 year water infrastructure program to fund water infrastructure investments.
As part of the 2021-22 Budget, the Australian Government has announced 12 new projects to continue developing the National Water Grid. A total of $75.7 million has been committed to new and augmented projects, with a further $22.3 million committed to eight business cases that will help inform future investment decision in water infrastructure for the ongoing development of the National Water Grid. In addition to this, the Australian Government has announced National Water Grid Connections funding pathway of up to $160 million over two years, will allow delivery of smaller scale water infrastructure projects. Under this funding pathway, there is up to $20 million available for each state and territory to deliver projects with an Australian Government contribution of up to $5 million per project.
The National Water Grid Fund is administered through the National Partnership arrangement. This National Partnership agreement contributes to Australia’s long-term economic growth and development by providing secure and affordable water through the construction of economically viable water infrastructure.
Under this arrangement, state and territory governments are responsible for developing project proposals.
Project proposals can be for business case development or construction funding.
Water infrastructure projects contributing to the National Water Grid are also funded and administered through the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications.
A series of printable documents have been developed to demonstrate the progress of projects under the National Water Grid Fund (NWGF).
Water storage is usually measured in megalitres (ML) or gigalitres (GL).
Did you know?
One megalitre equals one million litres of water.
One megalitre of water weighs about 1,000 tonnes.
An Olympic-sized swimming pool holds 2.5 megalitres of water.
Did you know?
One gigalitre equals 1,000 megalitres, or one billion litres of water.
One gigalitre of water weighs about one million tonnes.
Sydney Harbour holds more than 500 gigalitres of water.
An important part of our work with the states and territories is to investigate the feasibility of possible water infrastructure projects for the future to support prosperity and our national economy.