Leading our water future

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Goal: Industry and agriculture are highly efficient and innovative in their use of water.

South Australia has been steadily gaining a reputation, both nationally and internationally, as a leader in modern water management. This is not surprising given that South Australia, has a dry climate with low annual rainfall and large arid areas where mining industry and rural communities are based.

South Australia’s scientific knowledge base and technical capacity on water have been driven in part through necessity, with South Australia now a national leader in groundwater research and management, stormwater and wastewater recycling and in pioneering irrigation efficiencies.

Innovation in water management is being extended through the establishment of the $50 million Goyder Institute for Water Research. Established in July 2010, the Goyder Institute is a water research organisation that brings together the best scientists and researchers across Australia.

It provides expert and independent scientific advice to inform good government water policy and identify future threats and opportunities to ensure our water future. The Goyder Institute for Water Research is a collaboration between the South Australian Government through the Department for Water, the CSIRO as Australia’s national research institution and South Australia’s three universities –the University of Adelaide, the University of South Australia and Flinders University. 

Establishment of the Goyder Institute was facilitated by the Chief Scientist and the Department of Further Education, Employment, Science and Technology.

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Department of Water

The Department for Water leads the management of South Australia’s most valuable resource - water. The Department will ensure that there are always sufficient and sustainable water resources in South Australia for our health, our economy, our environment and our lifestyle. We advise the Government and the South Australian community on the quantity, quality, use and availability of our water resources. We work in partnership with all levels of government; industry; academia; and the broader community. View website

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