Advice

Australian and Californian water laws - can we learn from one another?

By Joseph Monaghan and Christopher Watt
February 9 2022 - 12:00am
Joseph Monaghan

In most jurisdictions, water rights are the backbone of the framework that regulates the use and development of water resources. The role of water rights is especially important in areas of water scarcity. Australia and California are already experiencing the economic and ecological impacts of increased aridity and drought, with 90 per cent of California experiencing 'extreme drought' in 2021 and Australia having the distinction of the driest inhabited continent and the most variable rainfall.

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