The Australian Government, together with states and territories, undertook a range of actions to progress urban water reforms. These actions have assisted in securing urban water supplies, using water wisely, addressing the challenges of climate change and supporting healthy rivers.
Green Precincts Fund
The Green Precincts Fund supported project initiatives that encouraged water and energy savings measures at the community level.
Water Smart Australia
The Water Smart Australia program aimed to accelerate the development and uptake of smart technologies and improve management practices in water use across Australia
National Water Security Plan for Cities and Towns
The National Water Security Plan for Cities and Towns provided funding to cities and towns with fewer than 50,000 people, to upgrade older water systems, install new infrastructure and support practical projects that saved water or reduced water losses. It included the COAG water reform work program Strategy on Water and Wastewater Services in Remote Communities (including Indigenous Communities) initiative projects.
National Urban Water and Desalination Plan
The National Urban Water and Desalination Plan assisted major towns and cities secure their water supplies and reduce their reliance on rainfall dependent sources by supporting infrastructure projects and research in desalination, water recycling and stormwater harvesting and reuse.
Water Efficiency Opportunities Program
The Water Efficiency Opportunities Program supported and encouraged water efficiency within Australia's commercial and industrial sectors.