Research Linkages

Below is a list of the leading Australian water research institutions.  The publications from their research provide information that can be incorporated into your council’s policies, practices and on-ground projects.  Otherwise, you may like to use these contacts to develop a research component of one of your existing and/or planned projects.

This list comprises those known to the WSUD Program only and may not include all relevant organisations and initiatives.  Please contact the WSUD Program Manager via to recommend others.


Water Sensitive Cities CRC.

The CRC for Water Sensitive Cities has a vision to transform cities and their communities in ways that will help them to live in harmony with natural water environments.  The goal of the CRC-WSC is to deliver the socio-technical urban water management solutions, education and training programs, and industry engagement required to make Australian towns and cities water-sensitive.

 Creating Water Smart City Systems

CSIRO’s Creating Water Smart City Systems investigates sustainable water management options for Australia’s major east coast cities.


The Climate Change Adaptation Research Network for Settlements and Infrastructure (ACCARNSI) is hosted by the University of New South Wales and has a specific focus on developing adaptation strategies for changes to urban flooding and the built environment associated with Climate Change.  The Network s one of eight Adaptation Research Networks hosted by the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility based at Griffith University.

CRC for Irrigation Futures

The Cooperative Research Centre for Irrigation Futures was formed in 2003 to deliver irrigation research, education and training which gives confidence to growers, industry, governments and the community.

CRC for Water Quality and Treatment

The Cooperative Research Centre for Water Quality and Treatment focusses on issues relating to water quality management and health risk reduction from catchment and reservoir management and water treatment to the distribution of drinking water to consumers taps.


Ewater is a technology development initiative set up by Australia’s water resource management and research sector.  Their core business is building water management tools for partners and bringing those tools to Australian and international markets.

Institute of Sustainable Futures

Institute of Sustainable Futures (at UTS) is a program that covers a vast area of Sydney based research.

Monash Water for Liveability

Water For Liveability (at Monash University has combined the Facility for Advancing Water Biofiltration and the Monash University Centre for Water Sensitive Cities) FAWB  provided scientific “proof of concept” for the application of stormwater biofilter technologies so that greater certainty is afforded to all stakeholders in relation to the choice and design of such technologies.  Their research findings are still available and have been incorporated into Monash University’s Water for Liveability Program.