Directory : Water Directory 2013
PAGE 34 Water Directory 2013 Who's Who: Water Organisations in Australia In Australia, a large number of entities are involved in water planning and management, operating at all levels of government. The following list is a summary of some of the major organisations involved. COMMONWEALTH WATER AGENCIES AND PROGRAMS Various Federal Government agencies have a direct role in national water resource planning, management and policy. Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) www.bom.gov.au BoM is Australia's national weather, climate and water agency. Its expertise and services assist Australians in dealing with the harsh realities of their natural environment, including drought, floods, fires, storms, tsunami and tropical cyclones. BoM's responsibilities under the Water Act 2007 include: • Issuing national water information standards; • Collecting and publishing water information; • Conducting regular national water resources assessments; • Publishing an annual National Water Account; • Providing regular water availability forecasts; • Giving advice on matters relating to water information; • Enhancing understanding of Australia’s water resources. Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (DSEWPaC) www.environment.gov.au The Australian Government Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities was established in September 2010. It implements national policy, programs and legislation to protect and conserve Australia's environment and heritage. Matters dealt with by the Department include: Administrative Arrangements Order; Environment Protection and Conservation of Biodiversity; Air Quality; National Fuel Quality Standards; Land Contamination; Meteorology; Administration of the Australian Antarctic Territory, and the Territory of Heard Island and McDonald Islands; Natural, Built and Cultural Heritage; Environmental Research; Water Policy and Resources; Ionospheric Prediction; Coordination of Sustainable Communities Policy; Population Policy and Urban Environment. Murray-Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) www.mdba.gov.au MDBA's principal aim is to manage the Basin's water resources in the national interest. The Authority's main roles and responsibilities include: • Preparing the Basin Plan for adoption by the Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities; • Implementing and enforcing the Basin Plan; • Advising the minister on the accreditation of state water resource plans; • Developing a water rights information service which facilitates water trading across the Murray-Darling Basin; • Measuring and monitoring water resources in the Basin; • Gathering information and undertaking research; • Educating and engaging the community in the management of the Basin's resources. National Water Commission (NWC) www.nwc.gov.au The National Water Commission is responsible for driving national water reform under the National Water Initiative. It provides independent and public advice to the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) and the Australian Government by assessing, auditing and monitoring water reform progress. Under the Water Act 2007, the Commission has an ongoing function to audit the effectiveness of implementation of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan. In 2011, the Commission was delegated additional functions under the Carbon Credits (Carbon Farming Initiative) Regulations 2011.
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