Institutions & Capacity; Research, Monitoring, and Evaluation
Partnerships; Frameworks & Guidance; Monitoring
Australia; New Zealand
The National Water Quality Management Strategy (NWQMS) is a joint national approach to improving water quality in Australian and New Zealand waterways. It consists of three major elements: policy, process, and guidelines. Firstly, the main policy objective of the NWQMS is to achieve sustainable use of water resources by protecting and enhancing their quality, while maintaining economic and social development. Secondly, the NWQMS process involves development and implementation of a management plan for each catchment, aquifer, estuary, coastal water or other water body, by community and government. These plans focus on the reduction of pollution released into coastal pollution hotspots and other aquatic ecosystems around the country. And finally, NWQMS provides guidelines for groundwater protection, rural land uses and water quality, urban stormwater management, sewerage system, effluent management, water recycling, etc. Through the application of NWQMS, the Australian Government is working in collaboration with States and Territories to develop Water Quality Improvement Plans (WQIPs) to reduce pollution being released into aquatic ecosystems with high ecological, social and/or recreational values across the country.
The NWQMS aims to protect the nation's water resources by improving water quality while supporting the businesses, industry, environment and communities that depend on water for their continued development. The WQIPs help identify the most cost-effective and timely projects for investment in order to deliver significant reductions in the discharge of pollutants.
National Water Quality Management Strategy (NWQMS)