Rural Water Use Strategy

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Tasmanian Government has committed to a target of a $10 billion per year annual farm gate value by 2050.




To support this the Government will work with farmers, irrigators, rural communities and other stakeholders to develop a Rural Water Use Strategy. ​


​Sustainable development of water resources


The Strategy will guide the State’s future water management arrangements to ensure integrated, fair and efficient regulation and compliance of the State’s water resources to deliver sustainable outcomes for irrigators, rural communities and the environment and maintain Tasmania’s competitive advantages in a changing climate. 

The final Rural Water Use Strategy document is due for completion by the end of 2020. When complete, the Strategy

will set the direction for the rural water sector for the next few decades. This will underpin the sustainable development

of the State’s water resources to support an increase in irrigated agriculture to improve the prosperity of rural communities 

and the broader Tasmanian society.

Timeline and consultation

We will seek 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 it aims to support.



Tim​eline for the development of the Rural Water Use Str​​ategy:
  • 2019: DPIPWE met with key stakeholders to scope issues and ideas.
  • April 2020: Release Position Paper for public comment
  • October 2020: Release Draft Rural Water Use Strategy for public comment
  • March 2021: Final Rural Use Water Strategy

Position Paper

The Rural Water Use Strategy Position Paper was open for public comment from 24 April to 26 June 2020.  ​

Submissions received on the Position Paper will inform the draft Rural Water Use Strategy. 

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

  RWUS Position Paper - Submission Overview Report   (138Kb)

  RWUS Position Paper - Submissions Received   (2Mb)

​F​urther Informatio​​n

​If you would like further information about any aspect of ​this project or wish to provide any input, contact the project team on 6165 3016 or by email at: ​

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