WMLP Specialist Network

The Water Management Law and Policy (WMLP) Specialist Network encourages the active involvement of members in sharing experiences in developing, assessing and implementing water policies and laws, and influencing future sustainable water governance decisions across Australia.

It involves:

  • Acting as an advocate for balancing economical, environmental and social aspects of water management practices.
  • Activities aimed at educating and influencing the actions of individuals and organisations involved in water governance arrangements in Australia.
  • Active involvement in assessing and communicating the impact of current and proposed water law and policy activities established locally, regionally and nationally.
  • Education of members and interested parties regarding the complexity and importance of equitable and sustainable water law and policy practices.


The objective of the Water Management Law and Policy Specialist Network is to assist members increase their knowledge of how current and future water laws, policies and development processes will influence water use across Australia. This will be achieved by facilitating discussion around different water ‘themes’, collating and disseminating information, coordinating responses to draft policy and legislation, providing opportunities for networking, and advocating sustainable water management to all stakeholders.
In addition, we aim to provide a platform for views to be expressed, understood and heard around what water policy and law mechanisms and processes are needed in Australia.

Want to join the Water Management Law and Policy Specialist Network?

If you or a colleague would like to keep updated on the latest developments and events in WMLP, then join us! To join this network you must be a member of the Australian Water Association. 


How can we make this network benefit you?

The Water Management Law and Policy Specialist Network Committee is thinking of what activities it can plan to best deliver benefit to AWA members.
In order to plan activities that are of benefit to members all over the country, we need to hear from you.
What would you like to see the network do over the next few years? What needs do you have which we may help meet? What challenges are you facing in your role that need a solution?
Contact Ashleigh James at ajames@awa.asn.au

Latest News

Join the Water Management Law and Policy Online Community 

Join the Water Management Law and Policy Online Community to share the latest news and communicate directly with like-minded members and specialist network committee members.
To access the online community simply log in as a member.

Water Quality Governance: Overview of the National Regulatory Developments

Regulatory and policy approaches towards the use of recycled water in Australia are closely entwined with simultaneous policy developments regarding water quality in general and drinking water quality in particular.

Anne Pye, from the WMLP committee developed a chronological summary of some of those developments and the ensuing policy discussions which have been documented in various national reports.

Click here to access the overview on Water Quality Governance.

AWA Policy Principles 

The WMLP Specialist Network has helped develop a series of policy principles. These principles are to guide the Association’s review of government policies (e.g. the development of a submission it may make on a government Green Paper) and the development of its own policies (e.g. Position Papers).

The Policy Principles have now been endorsed by the Board. Click here to view the Policy Principles.

All comments and queries regarding the Principles should be directed to Linda Kelly

Legislative & policy framework for water management in Australia

The WMLP Specialist Network has developed an overview of current water law, policy and government departments from across Australia.

The list has been compiled by the WMLP Specialist Committee to assist network members navigate and review their way around relevant Australian water law and policies.

Click here to view the list. 

Upcoming Events

To search for future events, visit the Events Calendar. Got a suggestion for an event? Send us an email now!