Our Organisation

The National Water Commission is responsible for driving national water reform under the National Water Initiative—Australia’s blueprint for how water will be managed into the future.

We provide independent, evidence-based advice to the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) and the Australian Government on national water issues.

In 2012, following a COAG Review, the Australian Government decided to renew the Commission’s role to provide strong, transparent and public reporting on water reform progress through our core functions—monitoring, audit and assessment.

The Commission works with all Australian governments, the water industry, research partners and other stakeholders to improve the way we manage Australia’s water resources.

Current news

The Australian Government has decided to close National Water Commission at the end of 2014.

Closure in 2014

Information about the Australian Government's decision to close National Water Commission at the end of 2014.

Role & functions

Our legislation, ministerial arrangements, strategic plan, outcomes and values.


Our organisational chart, operational groups and executive information.


Our partnerships with governments, industry, research and other organisations—also our Stakeholder Reference Group.

National Water Commission building

Early functions

Explores the Commission’s early functions, reports and funding programs.

Murray River, Mildura, Victoria

COAG review

About the independent COAG review of the Commission and its outcomes.

Accountability and reporting

Accountability & reporting

Accountability and performance reporting, including annual reports, budget statements, contracts lists and more.

Freedom of information

Freedom of information

Under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Cwlth) (the FOI Act), members of the public are entitled to apply for access to documents that fall within its scope.

National Water Commission staff


Information on current vacancies and how to apply for a position.

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