Australia-China Joint Research Centre for River Basin Management

Maximising water security and efficiency while preserving water ecosystems is a global challenge exacerbated by changing climates and rapidly increasing populations. 

The Centre will act as a research incubator to address national priorities for water resources management, increase water productivity and hence food security and economic returns while protecting water ecosystems. Five innovative flagship research programmes will be established and five emerging technologies will be demonstrated.

The Centre will multiply resources available for river basin management (water resources and water quality) between Australia and China and build on the existing Australia-China Centre on Water Resources Research at the University of Melbourne in co-operation with CSIRO. It will build new networks of water researchers in academia, industry, and government in both countries.

The participating institutions, agencies and industry partners in Australia and China are national leaders in their field. It will forge ongoing and self-funding partnerships involving science, innovation and industry.

Economic, environmental and social benefits

  • Improved business partnerships, export promotion and on-farm productivity
  • Improved environmental sustainability
  • Improved sustainability of rural communities
  • Increased national technical and research capacity


Lead Australian partner: The University of Melbourne

Lead Chinese partner: Department of Water Resources, China Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Research

Other partners:

  • CSIRO Water for a Healthy Country Flagship
  • Southern Rural Water, Victoria
  • Goulburn-Broken Catchment Authority
  • Murray-Darling Basin Authority
  • CRC eWater
  • CRC Spatial Information
  • The University of Western Sydney
  • Department of Primary Industries, Victoria
  • Orica
  • Rubicon
  • NICTA Technology
  • The Yellow River Conservation Committee
  • World Bank in Beijing
  • Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • Gansu Provincial Water Resources Department
  • Tsinghua University
  • Haihe River Water Conservancy Committee
  • China Three Gorges Corporation
  • Northwestern N&F University
  • Chinese Agricultural University

For more information visit the Australia-China Centre on Water Resources Research website.

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