Water resources are increasingly the subject of policy and management challenges, in part because the water sector has matured and it is no simple matter to access additional water supplies. The task of dealing with increased competition for water resources is not unique to Australia – it is a global phenomenon. It is also the case that engineering ‘fixes’ for solving water shortages cannot be relied on to shore up existing water supplies. In addition, there are often major constraints around the translation of good water science into policy and management decisions.

Against this background it is imperative that policy makers and resource managers are well-informed and understand the consequences of different choices. It is thus important for decision makers to be presented with the type of information that can assist and clarify choices.

This task is made more difficult because the information about water resources is often held by disparate interests with differing disciplinary perspectives.

The CWPM is an applied research organisation dedicated to improving our understanding of water policy and management choices and the impact of those choices on water users. The Centre is purposely multidisciplinary, because many of the trade-offs associated with different policies and management options are multi-dimensional. A hallmark of the CWPM is its ambition to synthesise and integrate research in a way that is useful to decision makers.


Research specialisations related to the Centre for Water Policy and Management.

Recent projects

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Opportunities for research students

Opportunities available for research students within the CWPM.