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National Water Conference 2006

4-5 December 2006, Parliament House, Canberra

Topic: Delivering the National Water Initiative: understanding the social and industry dimensions

Implementing the National Water Initiative is a complex and challenging endeavour involving the whole community. We therefore need to incorporate a range of social institutional and industry knowledge into water reform processes. Land & Water Australia and the National Water Commission together with The Australian National University and Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, hosted a conference in Parliament House, 4-5 December 2006, to explore and engender discussion of these critical issues.

The conference provided a dialogue between research, industry and policy to address these challenges. It assisted the implementation of the National Water Initiative by:

  • reviewing existing knowledge, related research and capacities
  • identifying alternative processes and institutional arrangements that could be adopted
  • identifying social, institutional and industry knowledge gaps.

Conference Overview

The conference program featured nine key water issues across the social, institutional and industry dimensions of water management. These themes were identified at a workshop in May 2005 as key areas for future research relevant to the implementation of the National Water Initiative.

The five sessions of the conference included nine detailed papers presented by leading researchers, which formed a platform for discussion by an expert panel and conference participants. The expert panel consisted of individuals with relevant backgrounds in policy, industry and academia.

The sessions focused on:

  • Values, perceptions, objectives and their communication and incorporation in the water reform agenda
  • Planning, allocation, auditing and their governance arrangements
  • Markets, pricing, trading and the associated rural and urban linkages
  • Social, economic and environmental impact assessment of water reforms, and
  • Legal, regulatory and institutional roles and responsibilities associated with reform implementation.

This conference was hosted by Land & Water Australia, the National Water Commission together with The Australian National University and the Australian Academy of Social Sciences in Australia. Proceedings from the conference will be available in mid January, from Land & Water Australia.


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