Stormwater management in Australia

2 December 2015

© Commonwealth of Australia 2015
ISBN 978-1-76010-338-5

View the report as a single document - (PDF 851KB)

View the report as separate downloadable parts:

Committee membership (PDF 21KB)
List of recommendations (PDF 31KB)
Abbreviations (PDF 7KB)
Chapter 1 - Introduction (PDF 20KB)

Conduct of the inquiry
Structure of the report
Note on references

Chapter 2 - Overview of stormwater in Australia (PDF 349KB)

Quantity of stormwater runoff
Environmental implications of stormwater
Stormwater infrastructure and common management techniques
Stormwater as an under-utilised resource

Chapter 3 - Uses for stormwater and improving how stormwater is managed (PDF 194KB)

Stormwater harvesting
Water sensitive urban design and water sensitive cities
Limits to stormwater harvesting and alternative options
Need for better data, guidelines, planning and training

Chapter 4 - Management of stormwater by state governments, local governments and water utilities (PDF 111KB)

Local governments and water utilities
Role of state governments in stormwater management
Lack of economic incentives and private sector involvement

Chapter 5 - Role of the Australian Government (PDF 99KB)

Commonwealth policies, programs and past reviews
Calls for an increased role for the Australian Government
How the Australian Government could assist

Chapter 6 - Committee view (PDF 30KB)
Additional Comments by Senator Xenophon (PDF 22KB)
Appendix 1 - Submissions, tabled documents, additional information and answers to questions taken on notice (PDF 15KB)
Appendix 2 - Public hearings (PDF 9KB)

Committee Secretariat contact:

Committee Secretary
Senate Standing Committees on Environment and Communications
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 3526