8th Annual AARES Symposium

Markets for Water: Prospects for WA
23rd September, 2005
Duxton Hotel
1 St Georges Tce
Perth WA


Sponsored by:


 Office of Water Strategy


 Department of Agriculture

AARES Water Economics Workshop
22nd September, 2005
CSIRO Auditorium
CSIRO Centre for Life and Environmental Sciences
Perth WA


Markets for Water: Prospects for WA

Water resource management in Australia has undergone significant policy change in recent years as a result of increasing scarcity, driven by rising water demand in the face of constant supplies and uneconomic augmentation opportunities, and increased social concern over the health of water dependent ecosystems. This competition for existing supplies has focused the attention on providing mechanisms and incentives for improving allocation of water within the economy.

Market based approaches offer a voluntary mechanism for relocating existing water supplies to uses of highest social value, and can include markets for irrigation water, water banks, markets for moving water between rural and urban uses, markets for environmental river flows and markets for managing land use and pollution rights in the catchment.


The Workshop

22nd September, 2005


On the day prior to the symposium, the AARES Water Economics Workshop will provide a forum for recent economic research on water policy issues throughout Australia to be presented.

Call for papers

The workshop will provide an opportunity for those currently working in the area of water economics to present current research in an informal setting. As many contributed papers as possible will be selected for presentation: abstracts should be submitted before August 25th and details of the program will be made available on the workshop web site on September 1st.
Email abstracts to aares

Workshop abstracts now available online


The Symposium

23rd September, 2005


In the one day Symposium, eminent speakers from Australia and California will discuss the policy experience with market based approaches to water resources management. These presentations will be aimed at the general policy audience and will be followed by a panel discussion on the prospects for applying market based approaches in the Western Australian context.

Symposium Program

• Ellen Hanak, The Public Policy Institute in San Francisco.
“Water markets in California and the experience with rural-urban transfers”

• Steve Beare, Chief Economist, Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics.
“Options markets for achieving environmental outcomes in the lower Murray system”

• Lin Crase, La Trobe University,
“Inter-sectoral contrasts in water policy reform”

• John Tisdell, Griffith University and CRC for Catchment Hydrology,
“Potential for market based instruments for point and non point source pollution management”

• Claus Schonfeldt, South Australian Department of Water, Land and Biodiversity Conservation
“Forestry recharge rights in the South East Catchment of South Australia”

• Mike Young, CSIRO, will lead the Panel Discussion:
“Markets for water: Prospects for Perth”


The Symposium will take place on Friday 23rd of September at

The Duxton Hotel,

1 St Georges Terrace,

Perth WA.

Tel: (08) 9261-8000

A special room rate has been negotiated for Symposium attendees, of $150 per room per night (single, double or twin share). Attendees should book directly with the hotel, mentioning the
Symposium. Phone 08-92618000


The Workshop will take place on Thursday 22nd of September at

CSIRO Centre for Life and Environmental Sciences,

Underwood Avenue,

Floreat WA 6014.

Tel: (08) 9333 6000


CSIRO is approximately 5 km from the city centre. At the end of the workshop transport will be provided for attendees back to the city

On Thursday the 22nd an informal dinner will be arranged for workshop and symposium attendees: please indicate on the booking form if you wish to attend.


We would like to thank the generosity of all our sponsors:

Office of Water Strategy & Department of Agriculture WA, Government of Western Australia

Swan River Trust

CSIRO - Water for a Healthy Country Flagship Program

Download the registration form here: symposium05reg.pdf

Further Information

Michael Burton, UWA, Perth, ph 08 6488 2531, email aares


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Last revised: September 20, 2005.