Book Chapter

The Evolution of Groundwater Management Policy in the States of Australia

Rebecca Nelson, Steve Barnett, A Kollmorgen

Sustainable Groundwater Management: A Comparative Analysis of French and Australian Policies and Implications to Other Countries | Springer | Published : 2020


The isolated British colonies in Australia formed strongly independent jurisdictions that initiated management of their own resources. The states’ power to manage water resources was enshrined in the Federal Constitution in 1900 and is still in operation today. This evolution of groundwater management in Australia contrasts with the French approach, whereby groundwater management approaches are determined at the national level. The colonies inherited the British riparian doctrine that gave landholders rights to water contiguous with and adjoining their land. In 1886, the state of Victoria enacted legislation that exclusively vested the right to the use of water in any watercourse in the stat..

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