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



This Strategy will
  • ​guide the State's future water management arrangements to ensure integrated, fair and efficient regulation of the State's water resources. 
  • deliver sustainable outcomes for irrigators, rural communities and the environment and maintain Tasmania's competitive advantages.
  • ​set the direction for legislative and policy reform in the rural water sector for the next decade.
  • underpin the sustainable development of the State's water resources to support an increase in irrigated agriculture.
  • improve the prosperity of rural communities and the broader Tasmanian society. This is in line with the State Government's ambition to see annual farm gate value increase to $10 billion per year by 2050.

Scoping Papers

We will prepare a number of scoping papers that will underpin the final strategy and will consider
  • The current water management framework
  • Tasmania's water resource
  • ​Water in Business
  • Administrative Efficiency

Engagement / Consultation​​​​​

We will seek input from key stakeholders in the development of the scoping papers and the subsequent draft position paper to ensure the Rural Water Use Strategy is meaningful and relevant to the rural communities it aims to support.


Further Information

  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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