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Northern Territory strategic water plan

The Northern Territory Government is developing the Territory’s first long term strategic water plan.

The plan is an election commitment and will provide a reform pathway to increase water security for all Territorians. It will set the agenda on water management to 2050 to address water security across the Territory.

The plan will:

  • put water for people and communities first
  • be informed by the best available science, data and knowledge
  • help deliver water for local jobs right across the Territory
  • provide for transparent, fair and streamlined governance and decision making that attracts job creating investment
  • ensure that environmental and cultural flows are protected
  • be adaptable to the impacts of climate change
  • educate and inform the community about the value of water as a precious and finite resource
  • help ensure our existing water resources are used in an efficient and sustainable manner.

Northern Territory Strategic Water Plan directions paper

On 14 September 2021, the Minister for Water Security released a directions paper on development of the NT Strategic Water Plan. Public comment on the directions paper has now closed and a consultation summary report has been released.

Read the Consultation summary report - Northern Territory Strategic Water Plan directions paper PDF (2.4 MB)

Read the Northern Territory Strategic Water Plan directions paper PDF (4.2 MB).

Read the Northern Territory Strategic Water Plan factsheet PDF (1.1 MB).

What happens next

The Office of Water Security is using the feedback on the directions paper to develop the plan, which will be released by the end of 2022.

The plan will be dynamic and responsive to the water security challenges which emerge for the Territory over the next few decades.

The Office of Water Security

The Office of Water Security was created to develop the Northern Territory Strategic Water Plan.

We work across government and with the community to identify what a water secure future for the Territory will look like.

The office is part of the Department of Environment, Parks and Water Security and report to the Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Water Security. Our functions are separate to the rest of the department.

For more information about the department’s functions, including permits and licenses, go to the Department of Environment, Parks and Water Security website.

Phone: 08 8924 4164
watersecurity.ntg@nt.gov.au
depws.nt.gov.au/water

Northern Territory Government

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