Aboriginal Water Initiative
The Aboriginal Water Initiative program aims to improve Aboriginal involvement and representation in water planning and management within NSW.
NSW is currently undertaking a range of water management planning including water sharing planning and floodplain management planning under the Water Management Act 2000 as well as water resource planning under the Commonwealth Murray Darling Basin Plan and Commonwealth Water Act 2007.
The program allows DPI Water to monitor the success of water management plan in meeting their statutory requirements for Aboriginal specific performance indicators including:
- providing water for Native Title rights
- recognising spiritual, social, customary and economic values of water to Aboriginal people
The main objective of the Initiative is to ensure there is ongoing effective state-wide and regional engagement with Aboriginal communities in water management plans and that measurable Aboriginal water outcomes for both environmental and commercial use are achieved and reported upon. Key deliverables under the Initiative include:
- Improving engagement of regional Aboriginal communities in water management — initially focusing on water sharing plans under development or up for review, and on water related commercial opportunities for Aboriginal people who hold water licences or own rural land
- Developing the skills and capability of Aboriginal water facilitators and coordinators
- Developing skills and capability of the DPI Water staff to improve service delivery to Aboriginal communities
- Consolidating business between the NSW Government and Aboriginal communities to help provide a single, consistent point of engagement for water sharing issues
- Identifying key water-related environmental, social, cultural and economic opportunities and priorities for Aboriginal communities
- Reporting on the commercial, cultural and environmental outcomes for Aboriginal people from water sharing planning
- Achieving relevant State Plan and national partnership targets including Indigenous employment, capacity development, and training.
Aboriginal communities will provide the knowledge required by the Water Management Act 2000 to monitor and review water management plans for:
- Aboriginal water access licences for cultural purposes
- Water for economic development of Aboriginal communities
- Flow rules to protect Aboriginal cultural values dependent on water.
For more information on the program please contact us.
- AWI News - Issue 7 June 2016 (PDF, 469.38 KB)
- AWI News - Issue 6 January 2016 (PDF, 410 KB)
- AWI News - Issue 5 June 2015 (PDF, 1415.57 KB)
- AWI News - Issue 4 February 2015 (PDF, 1284.37 KB)
- AWI News - Issue 3 August 2014 (PDF, 1074.77 KB)
- AWI News - Issue 2 March 2014 (PDF, 410.38 KB)
- AWI News - Issue 1 October 2013 (PDF, 759.17 KB)
DPI Water has conducted a series of workshops for Aboriginal community members since April 2011.
More workshops are planned from 2016 onwards in Northern and Southern NSW areas as a part of AWI program.
AWI team is connecting with the communities to get you involved in the water planning process in Lachlan NSW. Team is currently conducting workshops to provide information on water resource plans and to discuss cultural values identification and collection.
Participating in these Aboriginal community consultation workshops gives people an opportunity to influence water sharing plans by providing information that could protect water-dependent cultural assets. Licences relevant to Aboriginal people are also discussed.
The team will also undertake work to follow up with communities across NSW who have already been consulted. For more information contact Lillian Moseley at Lillian.Moseley@dpi.nsw.gov.au for workshops in southern NSW or Marcus Leslie at Marcus.Leslie@dpi.nsw.gov.au for workshops in northern NSW.
The Aboriginal Water Initiative along with Department of Industry’s People, Learning and Culture has developed Aboriginal Cultural Awareness Training (ACAT) program for all DPI Water staff. ACAT is designed to be delivered in two stages – Stage 1 day Face to Face workshop and Stage 2 – Online Module. Stage 1 was completed in October 2015. 20 sessions were held at various DPI Water premises across NSW as part of Stage 1 of ACAT program. Stage 2 – Online Module is in the process of development and deployment in late 2016.
ACAT aims to equip staff with the necessary knowledge, education and understanding of Aboriginal people, culture, history and water management knowledge and experiences. We also raise the profile of the Aboriginal Water Initiative, enhance cultural inclusiveness in work practices, increase responsiveness to Aboriginal people, communities and issues and hopefully become proud of the oldest living culture on the planet.
ACAT works on the premise that in order to effectively communicate and engage with Aboriginal people it is vitally important to understand how the past affects the present.
If you would like to request a copy of the report of Stage 1 ACAT program please contact us.
In this section
- Aboriginal community consultation workshops
- Information manual for Aboriginal communities
- Launch of Aboriginal Water Initiative Program
- Previous workshops
On this page
- Aboriginal Water Initiative team
- Main objectives of the Aboriginal Water Initiative
- Water yarning newsletter
- Aboriginal community consultation
- Aboriginal Cultural Awareness Training
- Information manual for Aboriginal communities
- Murray-Darling Basin Authority