ANZECC & ARMCANZ (2000) water quality guidelines

​​​​​Publications superseded by the revised Water Quality Guidelines, released in 2018 as an online resource.

Publication details

Australian and New Zealand Environment and Conservation Council (ANZECC) & Agriculture and Resource Management Council of Australia and New Zealand (ARMCANZ), 2000

These water quality guidelines were prepared in 2000 as part of Australia’s National Water Quality Management Strategy (NWQMS) and relate to New Zealand’s National Agenda for Sustainable Water Management. They provided governments and communities at the time with a set of tools for assessing and managing ambient water quality in natural and semi-natural water resources.

Downloadable version

DocumentPagesFile size
Australian and New Zealand Guidelines for Fresh and Marine Water Quality, Volume 1, The Guidelines PDF3141.9 MB
Australian and New Zealand Guidelines for Fresh and Marine Water Quality, Volume 1, Errata Slip PDF320 KB
Australian and New Zealand Guidelines for Fresh and Marine Water Quality, Volume 2, Aquatic Ecosystems — Rationale and Background Information PDF6783.4 MB
Australian and New Zealand Guidelines for Fresh and Marine Water Quality, Volume 3, Primary Industries — Rationale and Background Information PDF2641.4 MB
Description of How Each Toxicant Trigger Value was Derived PDF169626 KB
Cumulative Frequency Plots of Species Sensitivity to the Toxicants in the ANZECC & ARMCANZ Water Quality Guidelines PDF92864 KB

These historical publications were not prepared by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources and do not meet Australian Government web accessibility requirements.​ If you require accessible versions of these publications, please contact the authors.