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 open for public comment

We are seeking your comment on the Rural Water Use Strategy Position Paper.  The purpose of this paper is to help you have your say on the way the Tasmanian Government manages the State's freshwater resources in the rural water supply sector into the future.

The Position Paper has been prepared by the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environent to provide an overview of the proposals that may be included in the Government's Rural Water Use Strategy.  We are are seeking your views on these proposals and any additional suggestions that would help achieve our objectives.​

  Rural Water Use Strategy Position Paper   (1Mb)​

How to ​​​​​comment​

Submissions must be received by 5.00 pm on Friday 26 June 2020. 

Send your submissions to:


Or mail to:  Water Policy - Rural Water Use Strategy

                   Water and Marine Resources Division​

                   Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environent

                   GPO Box 44

                   HOBART TAS 7001​

Feedback received on the Position Paper will be used to define the key priorities of the Rural Water Use Strategy.  The draft Strategy will be made available for comment in October 2020.

All submissions will be treated as public information and made available on the Department’s website. If you wish for your submission to be treated as confidential, either whole or in part, please note this in writing at the time of making your submission. No personal information other than the name of individual submitters will be disclosed. 

The Right to I​​​​​nformation 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.

​F​urther Informatio​​n

  Rural Water Use Strategy Flyer   (327Kb)

​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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