Water Reform & Governance

International Water Centre Water governance

Target Audience

This course is for those wanting to understand and influence water reform and governance models through collaborative understanding and information sharing. This includes practitioners, policy makers, decision makers, scientists, NRM groups, the private sector and water associations.


Taking lessons from Australia and across the globe, this course will support participants to understand policy reform in different contexts and levels of government. Consideration will be given to principles for reforms, along with a look at institutions and processes for the planning and allocation of water resources.

The course is designed for participants from multiple disciplines to encourage diverse peer to peer discussions and interactive experiences. A blend of theoretical learning and practical experiences in water reform and governance will be applied in virtual classrooms to explore international and local case studies.

The content per week is as follows

Week 1 Orientation: Introduction to course, objectives, teachers
A short history of failures
Principles of water governance and reform
Week 2 Water reform and governance in practice: Australia
Week 3 Water reform and governance in practice: International case studies
Week 4 Enablers of reform and governance principles
Week 5 Applying governance and reform principles
Week 6 A short history of failures

Learning Objectives

By the end of this course participants will have gained knowledge of a number of water reform and governance models and lessons that are relevant for different country contexts. Specifically, completion of the course will provide:

• Increased knowledge of successful and failed approaches to water reform and governance.
• Greater awareness and understanding of water reform and governance principles.
• Understanding how reform can deliver multiple benefits to urban and rural areas, the environment, and communities.
• Improved skills in analysis of governance frameworks and stakeholder engagement.
• Increased capacity to use water governance principles to drive innovative solutions to complex water management issues