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Preventing Water Theft in the Murray-Darling Basin

Preventing Water Theft in the Murray-Darling Basin

This Project aims to understand the complex interaction of socio-economic, legal and political factors that have enabled the theft of fresh water in the Murray-Darling Basin.

By analysing the policies and regulations governing freshwater management, this project expects to generate new knowledge of the extent and types of water theft, offenders processed, penalties delivered, and the performance and operations of regulatory and enforcement agencies. The expected outcomes include new research strategies for water theft prevention. This will benefit national security and community health by contributing to a sustainable and equitable supply of fresh water.


Professor Reece Walters

Dr Laura Bedford

Project Funding

This project is funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC).


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