This historical resource was developed under the National Water Quality Management Strategy (NWQMS) and is available for information purposes only. This resource may be outdated and may not represent current information. There are currently no plans in place to update this resource.
Contact your relevant jurisdictional agency for advice and visit the
Water Quality Guidelines for updated guidance on the management of water quality in Australia and New Zealand.
Department of Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts, 2002
The Framework for Marine and Estuarine Water Quality Protection provides a reference for water managers and jurisdictional authorities.
Strategies contained in the framework document may be used to develop a consistent approach to protect coastal waters by:
- managing the adverse effects of land-based activities on water quality
- reducing land-based pollution.
This framework guided the development of
water quality improvement plans (WQIP)
for key coastal waterways (hotspots) threatened by pollution.
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