Paul Morris

First Assistant Secretary, Water Division, Federal Department of Agriculture and Water Resources

Paul Morris

First Assistant Secretary, Water Division, Federal Department of Agriculture and Water Resources

Paul Morris has been a professional public servant in the agricultural, fisheries, forestry and resources areas for more than 30 years. During this time he has served in research, policy and senior management positions. He is currently head of the Water Division, in the Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, a position he has held since October 2016. In this position he has responsibility for implementation of water policies and programs aimed improving the health of rivers, communities, environmental assets and production systems throughout Australia. Mr Morris has previously served as head of the Agricultural Competitiveness Taskforce in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Executive Director of the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) and Executive Manager positions in the trade division of DAFF. He has also served as Minister-Counsellor (Agriculture and Resources) at the Australian Embassy in Washington DC.

Where: International Convention Centre, Sydney – Room Parkside 2 

When: Day 1 – Wednesday, 13 June 2018, 12.30 – 13.00

Abstract:

Australia has committed to manage its scarce water resources in responsible and sustainable ways, with the National Water Initiative continuing to provide an enduring national model for sound water policies. We have had a number of successes that have rightly attracted global  attention – including the historic agreement to the Murray-Darling Basin Plan in 2012, along with national agreement to related policy initiatives such as for water quality, water pricing principles, indigenous water planning, and groundwater management. The National Water Initiative was reviewed by the Productivity Commission in 2017, with the Commission making recommendations for the future. The Government is now considering the next steps for the Initiative. The Murray-Darling Basin Plan provides a sound basis for improving the ecological health of the Basin while also improving social and economic outcomes to communities in the Basin and for all Australians; however there are a number of challenges to its implementation. This presentation will provide a Commonwealth perspective on the opportunities and challenges for delivering national water policy.

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