Rural Water Use Strategy

​​​The Tasmanian Government has developed the Rural Water Use Strategy to support the wise use of water and ensure that our freshwater resources are available to support the wide range of water uses and environments that depend on them as well as new opportunities for innovation and growth.

Download the Rural Water Use Strategy

  Rural Water Use Strategy*   (1Mb)

  Rural Water Use Strategy Flyer   (219Kb)

* Please note, this version of the Strategy has had the page containing the Minister's Foreword and photo removed, in accordance with the Caretaker Convention Guidelines. It replaces the version published on this site on 26 March 2021​. This change has been made as the Tasmanian Government has now entered the Caretaker period in preparation for the Tasmanian State election set down for 1 May 2021. ​No other content in the Strategy document has been changed.

Freshwater is vital for the Tasmanian economy, environment and way of life. Freshwater is:

  • a key economic enabler for agriculture, energy, mining, forestry, industry and commercial uses;
  • underpins urban water security for drinking water, commercial uses and liveability; and
  • essential for maintaining environment, ecosystems and landscapes for intrinsic value, biodiversity, recreation and tourism

The Rural Water Use Strategy contains 4 Goals and 31 Actions to guide Tasmania’s future water management arrangements to ensure integrated, fair and efficient regulation of our water resources to deliver sustainable outcomes for rural water users, rural communities and the environment, while maintaining Tasmania’s competitive advantages in a changing climate.


Consultation on the Strategy's development

The Government sought input from key stakeholders and the general public in the development of the Rural Water Use Strategy to ensure that it is meaningful and relevant to the rural communities, industries and water resource systems it aims to support. 

  • 2019: Targeted s​takeholder consultation

  • April 2020: Consultation on P​osition Paper

  • October 202​​0: Consultation on Draft Rural Water Use Strategy

  • ​March 2021​: Final Rural Water Use Strategy released

​Draft Rura​l W​​ater Use Strategy

The Draft Rural Water Use Strategy was open for public comment from 30 October to 16 December 2020. Twenty-two submissions were received.

A Consultation Overview Report is available for download (see below) which summarises all consultation undertaken, along with discussion of the key themes arising from the consultation.

  Draft Rural Water Use Strategy   (4Mb)

  Rural Water Use Strategy - Consultation overview report   (743Kb)

  Draft Rural Water Use Strategy - submissions received   (2Mb)

Position Paper

The Rural Water Use Strategy Position Paper was open for public comment from 24 April to 26 June 2020.  Forty-nine submissions were received covering a range of topics that individuals and organisations feel are important for the sustainable management of Tasmania’s water resources and making the most of the opportunities to use our water for productive outcomes.

  Rural Water Use Strategy Position Paper   (1Mb)​​​​

  RWUS Position Paper - Submission Overview Report   (138Kb)

  RWUS Position Paper - Submissions Received   (2Mb)

​F​urther Information​​

For further information about the Rural Water Use Strategy contact

Water Policy and Planning Branch

Phone (03) 6165 3016
Email at:

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