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Post-disaster inquiries – are we learning yet?

22 October 2019

Post-disaster inquiries – are we learning yet?

The Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC (BNHCRC) have published the Disaster Inquiries...

Reflections from Stockholm World Water Week 2019

17 October 2019

Reflections from Stockholm World Water Week 2019

Reflections and insights from the Water Governance Seminar series at World Water Week 2019...

2019 Water Markets Report

22 September 2019
Water Markets Report

2019 Water Markets Report

The Aither Water Market Report provides Australia’s leading independent analysis and...

Valuing environmental services

20 September 2019

Valuing environmental services

The environment delivers a range of services that are valuable, yet these values are often...

2018-19 Water Markets Report Launch Presentations

12 September 2019
Water Markets Report

2018-19 Water Markets Report Launch Presentations

The 2018-19 Water Markets Report Launches were held in Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney and...

Aither in the news | Water Markets Report

4 September 2019
Aither in the news

Aither in the news | Water Markets Report

The 2018-19 Water Markets Report is now available. Links to media surrounding the release...

Drought policy, climate change and the new normal.

1 September 2019

Drought policy, climate change and the new normal.

Climate change is fundamentally changing the exposure of Australian agriculture and...

Water investment during drought

21 August 2019

Water investment during drought

Mitigating water shortages while avoiding white elephants. Prevailing dry conditions and...

Aither Entitlement Index. July 2019

6 August 2019
Aither Entitlement Index

Aither Entitlement Index. July 2019

The Aither southern Murray–Darling Basin Entitlement Index (AEI) provides a simple...

Five takeaways from WaterGuide workshop at the World Bank

6 August 2019
WaterGuide

Five takeaways from WaterGuide workshop at the World Bank

Aither and the World Bank Group convened a workshop in Washington DC, with support from...

Water supply and demand in the southern MDB

30 July 2019

Water supply and demand in the southern MDB

Aither has been working with the Victorian Government to build a more comprehensive...

Water for Good – Ten years later, what comes next?

26 June 2019

Water for Good – Ten years later, what comes next?

This year marks ten years since the release of Water for Good, the South Australian...

Aither Entitlement Index. May 2019

24 June 2019
Aither Entitlement Index

Aither Entitlement Index. May 2019

The Aither southern Murray–Darling Basin Entitlement Index (AEI) provides a simple...

Valuing and funding coral reef restoration in Seychelles

17 June 2019

Valuing and funding coral reef restoration in Seychelles

Aither is working with the World Bank and project partners to support the development and...

WaterGuide wins Water Industry Alliance award

12 June 2019
WaterGuide

WaterGuide wins Water Industry Alliance award

Aither is pleased to have won the 2019 Water Industry Alliance Smart Water Award for...

‘Tipping point’: Prof Rob Vertessy on fish deaths and future-proofing the Murray-Darling Basin

30 May 2019

‘Tipping point’: Prof Rob Vertessy on fish deaths and future-proofing the Murray-Darling Basin

We interview Aither Senior Associate, Prof Rob Vertessy on fish deaths and future-proofing...

Sunwater Regional Blueprint- shaping the future of bulk water supply in regional Queensland

30 May 2019

Sunwater Regional Blueprint- shaping the future of bulk water supply in regional Queensland

Aither, in partnership with Sunwater, has developed an economic and financial...

Timely review of the the National Performance Report Framework

30 May 2019

Timely review of the the National Performance Report Framework

Aither is currently undertaking an independent review of the National Urban Water Utility...

Aither in the news | AFR

20 May 2019
Aither in the news

Aither in the news | AFR

No more water licences: Almond Board calls for moratorium. Aither provides insight into...

Irrigators flock to River Murray water market information sessions

3 April 2019

Irrigators flock to River Murray water market information sessions

In March this year, Aither participated in a series of River Murray Water Information...

Aither Entitlement Index. April 2019

6 May 2019
Aither Entitlement Index

Aither Entitlement Index. April 2019

The Aither southern Murray–Darling Basin Entitlement Index (AEI) provides a simple...

A strategic approach to business case development

16 April 2019

A strategic approach to business case development

Aither regularly works with government clients to develop business cases for the...

Policy, pricing and consumption: pricing signals and economic efficiency

8 April 2019

Policy, pricing and consumption: pricing signals and economic efficiency

Efficient water networks benefit users, providers and overall economic productivity....

Doing business as a B Corp

26 March 2019
B Corp

Doing business as a B Corp

Aither’s vision is to inspire and enable positive change in the management of water and...

World Water Day Address

22 March 2019

World Water Day Address

Though maybe less so for the 40 per cent of the world’s people affected by water...

Aither in the news | The Land

21 March 2019
Aither in the news

Aither in the news | The Land

Water woes could wash away politics as we know it. Aither appears in an article in The...

Aither in the news | AFR

3 March 2019
Aither in the news

Aither in the news | AFR

Murray-Darling 'water scarcity' bites almond, citrus, grape growers. Aither appears in an...

Aither in the news | The Economist

2 March 2019
Aither in the news

Aither in the news | The Economist

Poisoned and over-exploited, many rivers are in a parlous state. Aither appears in an...

Aither wins Westpac 2018 Businesses of Tomorrow award

7 August 2018

Aither wins Westpac 2018 Businesses of Tomorrow award

Aither is pleased to have been named as one of Westpac’s 2018 Businesses of Tomorrow,...

2018 Water Markets Report

1 August 2018
Water Markets Report

2018 Water Markets Report

2018 Water Markets Report. 2017-18 review and 2018-19 outlook. With affordable water...

Avoiding poor investment outcomes with real options

12 June 2018

Avoiding poor investment outcomes with real options

The Department of Treasury and Finance recently released technical guidelines on real...

NSW Government announces new metering requirements

7 June 2018

NSW Government announces new metering requirements

The NSW Government has been developing a new metering policy to ensure that water take is...

Community connection a priority for young water leaders

1 June 2018

Community connection a priority for young water leaders

It was great to be a Resource Guest at the Water Innovation Lab (WIL), held in Melbourne...

Will NZ revolutionise national budget and performance reporting?

24 May 2018

Will NZ revolutionise national budget and performance reporting?

While New Zealand is still developing its new national approach to reporting performance...

Ground level reflections from High Level Panel initiatives

26 April 2018

Ground level reflections from High Level Panel initiatives

As an initiative to support the now-concluded High-level Panel on Water (HLPW),...

A Guide to Managing Water for the Environment

31 March 2018
WaterGuide

A Guide to Managing Water for the Environment

A framing paper for the High-Level Panel on Water. This practical guide is an Australian...

New owner, new price?

7 March 2018

New owner, new price?

With the success of the Liberal government in the recent Tasmanian election, the focus...

South African delegates meet with Australian experts to discuss water crisis

7 March 2018

South African delegates meet with Australian experts to discuss water crisis

As Cape Town's 'Day Zero' looms ever closer, South Africa's Western Cape Government is...

What can be done to mitigate future water scarcity impacts?

23 February 2018

What can be done to mitigate future water scarcity impacts?

Around the world, water scarcity is increasingly impacting societies, economies and...

How has investing in Australian water rights compared to investing in the ASX?

22 February 2018

How has investing in Australian water rights compared to investing in the ASX?

Lots has been written about the case for investing in water rights, particularly in the...

Who’s the boss?

19 February 2018

Who’s the boss?

The recent recommendation from the Economic Regulatory Authority (Western Australia’s...

Is Northern California wine a gill-ty pleasure?

19 February 2018

Is Northern California wine a gill-ty pleasure?

In Northern California, a decision is being made about whether or not PG&E’s Potter...

Climate change – turning up the heat on regional growth

15 February 2018

Climate change – turning up the heat on regional growth

The 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics are currently in full swing, with 2,952 athletes from...

Is it up to regulators to Spark innovation?

14 February 2018

Is it up to regulators to Spark innovation?

Regulatory frameworks (including those in Australia) implicitly require the sector to...

Nothing sheepish about Kiwi’s new well-being measure

13 February 2018

Nothing sheepish about Kiwi’s new well-being measure

The New Zealand Prime Minister recently announced that her country will be the first to...

Aligning liveability and customer value

11 February 2018

Aligning liveability and customer value

With the increasing prevalence of liveability and sustainability outcomes driving...

A sense of urgency reveals the true value of water

9 February 2018

A sense of urgency reveals the true value of water

The world has turned its attention to Cape Town and its current water crisis but it is far...

An environment ripe for investment

9 February 2018

An environment ripe for investment

More and more money is being committed to 'green investments' however, as the article...

Socio-economic analysis of the MDB Plan: what’s next?

6 February 2018

Socio-economic analysis of the MDB Plan: what’s next?

There's been a lot of debate about the social, economic and environmental benefits and...

That disaster was your fault

6 February 2018

That disaster was your fault

Until relatively recently it was a commonly held view that climate change had a...

Post-disaster inquiries – are we learning yet?

2 February 2018

Post-disaster inquiries – are we learning yet?

Significant natural disasters and emergencies in Australia are typically followed by...

Air birds n bees – Is conservation the newest sharing economy?

1 February 2018

Air birds n bees – Is conservation the newest sharing economy?

When an economic value is placed on environmental assets, there can often be a backlash...

How quantum computing could help Australia’s coastlines

1 February 2018

How quantum computing could help Australia’s coastlines

It is fantastic to see Professor Michelle Yvonne Simmons, a quantum physicist, receive the...

Valuing the difficult to value – Integrated water management and externalities

31 January 2018

Valuing the difficult to value – Integrated water management and externalities

Integrated Water Management (IWM) has been central to a number of public policy approaches...

What’s the catch(ment condition)?

31 January 2018

What’s the catch(ment condition)?

The Victorian Catchment Management Council (VCMC) released its five-yearly Catchment...

Are water markets the solution for Iran?

29 January 2018

Are water markets the solution for Iran?

During a recent intergovernmental dialogue on addressing water scarcity in Iran there was...

The costs of ‘free’ access to water in Mexico

29 January 2018

The costs of ‘free’ access to water in Mexico

As an initiative to support the High Level Panel on Water (a panel of 11 heads of state...

Regional Australia: going downhill, fast.

19 December 2017

Regional Australia: going downhill, fast.

Regional areas are an important part of Australia’s social and cultural identity....

Risky business: insurance premiums signal risk

17 November 2017

Risky business: insurance premiums signal risk

The recent storms and floods affecting the United States and its Caribbean territories...

SMART goals are great, but they aren’t a silver bullet

9 November 2017

SMART goals are great, but they aren’t a silver bullet

The movement towards outcomes-based approaches to planning, particularly in the Victorian...

Sharing of risk to enable the delivery of policy outcomes

31 October 2017

Sharing of risk to enable the delivery of policy outcomes

The recently released Productivity Commission report declares that the ability for the...

Seeking value in alternative water and irrigated agricultural markets

6 October 2017

Seeking value in alternative water and irrigated agricultural markets

As prices increasingly become fully valued in highly active water markets, such as the...

Aither leads Australian engagement with Jordan on solutions to water scarcity

18 September 2017

Aither leads Australian engagement with Jordan on solutions to water scarcity

Aither has collaborated with the Australian Water Partnership (AWP) and Australian...

World Water Week: leveraging Australia’s skills in water scarcity and valuation

15 September 2017

World Water Week: leveraging Australia’s skills in water scarcity and valuation

The 2017 edition of World Water Week, one of the leading global conferences on water, was...

Supporting outcome development for Victoria’s water corporations’ price submissions

11 September 2017

Supporting outcome development for Victoria’s water corporations’ price submissions

Aither was pleased to work with the Essential Services Commission at the end of June to...

2017 Water Markets Report

27 August 2017
Water Markets Report

2017 Water Markets Report

2017 Water Markets Report. 2016-17 review and 2017-18 outlook. The 2016-17 water year in...

Northern Adelaide Irrigation Scheme

21 August 2017

Northern Adelaide Irrigation Scheme

The Australian Government has just announced $45.6 million in capital funding for the...

The economics of water infrastructure in the Philippines

21 August 2017

The economics of water infrastructure in the Philippines

The water and wastewater infrastructure needs in the Philippines are phenomenal. So it was...

We must think beyond emergencies to build disaster resilience

3 July 2017

We must think beyond emergencies to build disaster resilience

The scale of a disaster is not necessarily measured by the size of a fire or the category...

Tackling climate risks requires multiple adaptation options

21 June 2017

Tackling climate risks requires multiple adaptation options

There is often a desire to find a single optimal solution to climate risk. After working...

Water markets in New South Wales

31 March 2017
Report

Water markets in New South Wales

Improving understanding of market fundamentals, development, and current status. A final...

WaterGuide

29 March 2017
WaterGuide

WaterGuide

Setting a path to improved water resource management and use under scarcity. WaterGuide is...

World Water Day: time for scalable solutions

22 March 2017

World Water Day: time for scalable solutions

Today is World Water Day, and there are forums being held right across the planet. Yes,...

Understanding socio-economic impacts of water recovery in NSW

16 March 2017

Understanding socio-economic impacts of water recovery in NSW

The New South Wales (NSW) Government recently requested Aither to review Commonwealth...

IPART – draft report and price determination for Water NSW – rural

14 March 2017

IPART – draft report and price determination for Water NSW – rural

IPART's draft report and determination for Water NSW's rural bulk water charges has been...

Prioritising natural disaster funding – mitigation vs recovery

9 March 2017

Prioritising natural disaster funding – mitigation vs recovery

In the last few years a number of organisations have called for a substantial increase in...

Economic principles for practical coastal adaptation

8 March 2017

Economic principles for practical coastal adaptation

The current approach to assessing the costs and benefits of coastal adaptation is not...

Valuing environmental and social outcomes

8 March 2017

Valuing environmental and social outcomes

Quantifying the costs and benefits of investments and policies on environmental and social...

A review of socio-economic neutrality in the context of Murray-Darling Basin Plan implementation

3 March 2017
Report

A review of socio-economic neutrality in the context of Murray-Darling Basin Plan implementation

A Final Report prepared for the New South Wales Department of Primary Industries –...

Water and Australia’s Foreign Policy

28 February 2017
Report

Water and Australia’s Foreign Policy

Submission to the Australian Government’s Foreign Policy White Paper. A Submission...

WaterNSW rural bulk water services expenditure review

28 February 2017
Report

WaterNSW rural bulk water services expenditure review

A review of capital and operating expenditure. A Final Report prepared for the Independent...

The case for value-based water management

13 February 2017

The case for value-based water management

Improving water management outcomes requires better decisions about investment in,...

Improving water management in Pakistan and India

9 February 2017

Improving water management in Pakistan and India

Aither is working with the University of South Australia and the Australian Centre for...

IPART MDBA expenditure review

7 February 2017
Report

IPART MDBA expenditure review

A review of MDBA expenditure and cost sharing in New South Wales. A Final Report prepared...

What’s wrong with water productivity?

3 February 2017

What’s wrong with water productivity?

Aither's Simon Hone is in Islamabad for the launch of the Australian Government’s Water...

Why agriculture is so important to solving water scarcity

2 February 2017

Why agriculture is so important to solving water scarcity

Over coming decades, hundreds of communities will likely be faced with the prospect of...

Water crises a top global risk for 6th year in a row

16 January 2017

Water crises a top global risk for 6th year in a row

The World Economic Forum (WEF) last week published the 2017 edition of its Global Risks...

What does 2017 hold for water management?

13 January 2017

What does 2017 hold for water management?

2016 was a big year for the international water management community. The Sustainable...

The multiple benefits of a world heritage listing for Budj Bim

10 January 2017

The multiple benefits of a world heritage listing for Budj Bim

Late last year I was fortunate to visit Lake Condah to lead a workshop discussing the...

Stay on target!

13 January 2016

Stay on target!

Globally there is a significant shift away from measuring performance solely against gross...

Valuing natural capital in the Solomon Islands

22 December 2016

Valuing natural capital in the Solomon Islands

Global value of ecosystem services is at US$125 trillion per annum and potential losses...

Social connection is key to disaster resilience

30 November 2016

Social connection is key to disaster resilience

There is a growing emphasis on understanding the social consequences of disasters,...

WaterNSW Prices for Rural Bulk Water Services

29 November 2016
Report

WaterNSW Prices for Rural Bulk Water Services

Aither, together with our project partners Oakley Greenwood, were engaged by IPART to...

Securing water supplies requires more than just infrastructure

18 November 2016

Securing water supplies requires more than just infrastructure

The Economist recently published an in-depth article on water scarcity. The article called...

Pokemon Go, Facebook and the new VicEmergency app

17 November 2016

Pokemon Go, Facebook and the new VicEmergency app

Leveraging smart technology to create an integrated and responsive emergency management...

US election continues water privatisation experiment

14 November 2016

US election continues water privatisation experiment

A Trump presidency portends major change in the way natural resources are managed in...

Uncertainty doesn’t mean we can’t make good decisions

10 November 2016

Uncertainty doesn’t mean we can’t make good decisions

The reported costs of flooding in Australia have been increasing. Yet our knowledge...

DC Water issues America’s first environmental impact bond

9 November 2016

DC Water issues America’s first environmental impact bond

Social impact bonds and pay-for-success government contracting are rapidly gaining in...

Water allocation prices slashed since last year but on the way up

8 November 2016

Water allocation prices slashed since last year but on the way up

Chris Olszak spoke with Stock and Land yesterday about recent movements in water...

Enhancing organisational performance through evaluation

8 November 2016

Enhancing organisational performance through evaluation

Think piece. Aither has identified a range of success factors essential for effective...

Dams, dams and maybe some pipelines: Commonwealth issues guidelines on National Water Infrastructure

8 November 2016

Dams, dams and maybe some pipelines: Commonwealth issues guidelines on National Water Infrastructure

The Australian Government has recently released guidelines for the capital component of...

Energy transitions and structural adjustment

5 November 2016

Energy transitions and structural adjustment

The recent announcement that the Hazelwood power station will close is likely a win for...

Water lessons from indigenous land rights in South America?

5 November 2016

Water lessons from indigenous land rights in South America?

Expansion of tribal land rights has been found to be the most cost-effective way to...

Victorian Water Trading Annual Report 2015/16

28 October 2016

Victorian Water Trading Annual Report 2015/16

The Victorian Government has released its annual report on water trading across the state....

Interview on investment in water – with Alan Kohler of the Constant Investor

28 October 2016

Interview on investment in water – with Alan Kohler of the Constant Investor

On 22 October 2016, I spoke with Alan Kohler of The Constant Investor on recent trends in...

Mobilising investment in the future of water infrastructure

27 October 2016

Mobilising investment in the future of water infrastructure

The World Water Council and OECD estimate that up to US$1 trillion is required annually to...

2016 Water Markets Report

27 August 2016
Water Markets Report

2016 Water Markets Report

2016 Water Markets Report. A 2015-16 review and 2016-17 outlook. The 2015-16 water year in...

Note on water policy and management – Jan 2016

2 February 2016

Note on water policy and management – Jan 2016

Australian water policy and management is the envy of the world but significant challenges...

Delivering increased value through enhanced public service offerings

29 January 2016

Delivering increased value through enhanced public service offerings

A transitioning economy is resulting in pressure to reduce costs in the public sector....

Water market drivers in the southern MDB: Implications for the dairy industry

17 January 2016

Water market drivers in the southern MDB: Implications for the dairy industry

Aither’s report for Dairy Australia on trends in the southern MDB water market was...

The importance of effective and robust targets

14 September 2015

The importance of effective and robust targets

Aither’s ongoing work in program performance continues to highlight that the setting of...

2015 Water Markets Report

7 August 2015
Water Markets Report

2015 Water Markets Report

Water Markets Report. The 2014-15 review and 2015-16 outlook........Water markets in...

Investing in Dams – the importance of getting water infrastructure economics right

17 June 2015

Investing in Dams – the importance of getting water infrastructure economics right

Understanding the full costs and benefits of new dams is crucial to inform investments...

Overcoming constraints to environmental water trade

15 June 2015

Overcoming constraints to environmental water trade

Australia has invested heavily to establish large environmental water portfolios....

Market based approaches to securing regional Australia’s urban water supply

23 April 2015

Market based approaches to securing regional Australia’s urban water supply

Aither’s recent work with regional water providers in New South Wales demonstrates the...

Harnessing technology to solve complex environmental problems

20 February 2015

Harnessing technology to solve complex environmental problems

Recent developments in smart technology and social media improve our ability to collect...

A principled approach to Australian emergency management

13 November 2014

A principled approach to Australian emergency management

Aither’s recent review of Australian and international emergency management arrangements...

Enhancing program performance

13 November 2014

Enhancing program performance

You’ve no doubt heard the expression; practice makes perfect. Why then do we do the...

2014 Water Markets Report

1 October 2014
Water Markets Report

2014 Water Markets Report

Water Markets Report. The 2013–14 review and a 2014–15 outlook..... Water markets in...

Structural Adjustment in Regional Australia

1 April 2014
Report

Structural Adjustment in Regional Australia

Learning from experience, improving future responses. Structural adjustment has been and...