National Water Quality Management Strategy

Photograph of  a stretch of St. Patricks River - very heavily vegetated surroundings with lots of pebbles and rocks in the river.Water quality in Tasmania is managed under a range of Acts/Legislation in accordance with the ​​​​State Policy on Water Quality Management.

The State Policy on Water Quality Management encapsulates the water quality management approach recommended by the National Water Quality Management Strategy (NWQMS) which provides a nationally consistent approach to water quality management based on the principles of ecologically sustainable development, and embraces issues across the whole of the water cycle.

National Guidelines

The NWQMS also involves the cooperative development of national guidelines by the Commonwealth, State and Territory Governments, under the auspices of the Agriculture and Resource Management Council Australia and New Zealand and the Australian and New Zealand Environmental Conservation Council. The National Health and Medical Research Council is involved where issues of human health are concerned.

The aim of the guidelines is to help the community, catchment managers, environment protection agencies and water authorities to develop local action plans for water quality management. Water management agencies and environment protection authorities are seen as lead agents in implementation of the strategy.

Further Information

For more information on the Australian Government's role in water quality management intiatives, including the NWQMS see the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources​ website.



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