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 regional communities, agriculture and primary industry sectors. 

The National Water Grid Fund was established as a rolling water infrastructure program to fund water infrastructure investments. The Fund is administered through the National Partnership Agreement, which 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 for business case development or construction funding.

Construction and business case projects are administered in line with the National Water Grid Program Administration Manual (PDF: 3244 KB). The Manual applies to all water infrastructure projects funded or to be funded through the National Water Grid Fund and sets out the process for proposing new projects and administering current projects. The Manual should be read in conjunction with the National Water Grid Investment Framework.

National Water Grid priorities are guided by the Investment Framework and informed by the NWGA Science Program.

Progress of projects funded through the National Water Grid Fund:

  • Investment pipeline (PDF: 903 KB) – shows the projects underway that underpin the Australian Government’s strategic long term plan to secure Australia’s water future.
  • Construction projects map (PDF: 756 KB) – shows the location of all construction commitments, including projects announced under the Connections funding pathway.
  • Summary of construction projects (PDF: 259 KB) – shows the status of construction commitments.
  • Progress chart (PDF: 357 KB) – details key stages of planning and construction for each commitment.

Fast facts

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 viability of possible water infrastructure projects for the future to support prosperity and our national economy.

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