Water supply security

Queensland has a dynamic climate with some of the highest and lowest rainfalls in the country. Planning for secure water supply is essential in this variable climate to support our industry, agriculture and population growth.

The Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy provides support to local governments with longer‑term water supply planning for their communities. This helps ensure that issues relating to the availability and reliability of water supplies are understood and plans can be made to deal with shortfalls.

The department's regulatory framework includes key performance indicator reporting on water security measures. This enables water service providers to see how individual water supply schemes perform and how providers respond to water supply risks.

This guide provides an overview of Queensland's water supply security assessments.