Water Resources Law in WA Conference & Short Course

Water Resources Law in Western Australia Conference Wednesday, 8 April 2015, 8.45am – 5.15pm & Short Course Thursday-Friday, 9-10 April 2015 At The University of Western Australia

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The Western Australian Government is proposing water resources law reform. The Government broadly supports the implementation of the principles of the National Water Initiative that are of benefit to Western Australia and published a position paper on proposed reforms in September 2013. The Department of Water says that community input has helped shape the proposed reforms and the Government has committed to ongoing stakeholder input to assist the adoption of the new legislation to suit Western Australia.

What could the Bill look like? How could it provide for adaptation to the incipient and anticipated effects of climate change on securing water for our environment and consumptive uses? Will it allocate new water rights for state development as well as government initiatives such as Water for Growth? How could it address pressures on urban water supply and a rapidly increasing interest in waste water as a resource? How could it provide for the management of the cumulative impacts of resources projects underway from the mining investment boom? How could it address the potential impacts of emerging technologies and issues such as managed aquifer recharge? 

This conference will seek the answers to these and other questions of water resources law reform in Western Australia, with comparative international and national insights. The Hon Mia Davies, MLA, BMM, The Minister for Water, Western Australia, will open the conference.  

The speakers include national and international legal experts, senior officers of the Department of Water, representatives of the various sectors of water users and environment, and leading technical consultants. The registration fees are reasonable, with some discounts.

Conference Program and On-line Registration


The Short Course on 9-10 April will be led by Associate Professor Alex Gardner and conducted as four half-day sessions that will deepen your understanding of Water Resources Law:

  • The institutional framework and objectives of Water Resources Law  
  • The nature of access rights and duties relating to water resources
  • Water allocation planning
  • Administration of statutory entitlements and water trading.

Follow the same link for the Workshop Program and On-line Registration.