Rural Water Use Strategy

​​​​The Tasmanian Government is developing a Rural Water Use Strategy. The Strategy will 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.

The Strategy will support the Government’s agenda to grow the value of Tasmania’s agricultural productivity to $10 billion by 2050; and plans to increase Tasmania’s renewable energy production.

The final Rural Water Use Strategy is due for completion by March 2021. When complete, the Strategy will set the direction for the rural water sector for the next few decades.

Draft Rural Water Use Strategy

You have an opportunity to comment on the Draft Rural Water Use Strategy. All comments on the Draft Strategy are sought in writing and must be received by 16 December 2020. 

  Draft Rural Water Use Strategy   (4Mb)

Submissions can be either emailed to: 

or posted to: 
Rural Water Use Strategy Project 
Water Group, DPIPWE 
GPO Box 44 
Hobart, TAS 7001 

Accessibility of submissions 
The Government recognises that not all individuals or groups are equally placed to access and understand information. We are committed to ensuring government information is accessible and easily understood by people with diverse communication needs. 

Important information 
Your name (or the name of the organisation) may be published unless you request otherwise. No private information will be published. In the absence of a clear indication that a submission is intended to be treated as confidential, the Department will treat the submission as public. If you would like your submission treated as confidential, whether in whole or in part, please indicate this in writing at the time of making your submission clearly identifying the parts of your submission you want to remain confidential and the reasons why. In this case, your submission will not be published to the extent of that request. Copyright in submissions remains with the author(s), not with the Tasmanian Government. The Department will not publish, in whole or in part, submissions containing defamatory or offensive material. If your submission includes information that could enable the identification of other individuals, then either all or parts of the submission will not be published. 

The Right to Information Act 2009 and confidentiality 
By law, information provided to the Government may be provided to an applicant under the provisions of the Right to Information Act 2009 (RTI). If you have indicated that you wish all or part of your submission to be confidential, the statement that details your reasons will be taken into account in determining whether or not to release the information in the event of an RTI application for assessed disclosure.

Timeline and​ consultation

The Government has sought input from key stakeholders and the general public in the development of the Draft 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. A timeline of the project is provided in the diagram below.


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. These have been summarised in the Position Paper Submission Overview Report which is available for download below.

Many of the topics and issues raised by stakeholders through the consultation so far are within the scope of the Rural Water Use Strategy and they have been addressed through the action items proposed in the Draft Rural Water Use Strategy which is now available for comment.

Some topics and themes raised through the consultation are not within the scope of the Strategy and are addressed through other existing mechanisms, activities and programs.

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

  RWUS Position Paper - Submission Overview Report   (138Kb)

  RWUS Position Paper - Submissions Received   (2Mb)

​F​urther Information​​

​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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