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13. Introduction to Water Governance and Lessons from Australian Water Reform

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Led by: Professor Poh-Ling Tan, Griffith University

About the course

Through this short course you will gain an understanding of the components for improving water governance. Through case studies of success and failure and lessons from 20 years of institutional reform in Australia you will consider the latest lessons from governance across the world at global, national and regional scales with application to the development, allocation and long term sustainability of water for multiple societal outcomes.

The Benefits

Completion of the course will provide participants with the skills to:

  • Understand key principles that guide effective governance of water resources and services
  • Understand the drivers of Australia’s water reforms
  • Assess the actions taken in Australia to improve the security of urban and regional water supplies
  • Support successful design and implementation for water policies and programs
  • Apply frameworks to identify governance gaps at different levels and for different outcomes
  • Prioritise and address key governance gaps in their area of work.

Who should enrol?

Utility managers and local government officers with a role in reforming water supply services and those interested in improving water’s socio-economic and environmental outcomes.


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Vera Magazzeni
T +61 7 3014 0290

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