Northern Australia Water Resource Assessment

We are investigating the potential of northern Australia's water resources to support increased regional development.

We have been engaged by the Australian Government to undertake and deliver water resource assessments for three priority regions in northern Australia. We will work with northern jurisdictions, research partners and communities to undertake these assessments over the next three years.

The Assessment will focus on the:

  • Mitchell river basin, Queensland
  • Darwin river basins (Finniss, Adelaide, Mary, Wildman), Northern Territory
  • Fitzroy river basin, Western Australia.

Northern Australia Water Resource Assessment river basins map

The project will aim to identify the potential to increase irrigated agricultural production in northern Australia. The studies will:

  • evaluate the soil and water resources
  • identify and evaluate water capture and storage options
  • identify and test the commercial viability of irrigated agriculture opportunities
  • assess potential environmental, social and economic impacts and risks of water resource and irrigation development.

This work is part of our engagement in delivery of the Australian Government's White Paper on Developing Northern Australia, for which one of the key initiatives is the development of northern Australia's water resources.

It will build on our previous success in delivering the Flinders and Gilbert Agricultural Resource Assessment, and a broader body of work contributing to the sustainable development of northern Australia.

The Northern Australia Water Resource Assessment project is part of the Australian Government's Agricultural Competiveness White Paper, the government's plan for stronger farmers and a stronger economy.

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