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UWA Environmental Science Webinar: Water Information – where to get it and who is using it

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If you aren’t accessing free water data you are missing out, as your peers and competitors most likely are. The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation has large databases of water science data. The collection spans over 100 years and there is comprehensive information from the 1960s to today. The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation supports Western Australia’s community, economy, and the environment by managing and regulating the state’s environment and water resources. The Department is responsible for environment and water regulation, serving as a ‘one-stop-shop’ for industry and developers, with the aim of streamlining and simplifying regulation. Over the past 10 years, the Department has greatly expanded the amount of information available and made it much easier to obtain through a number of Royalties for Regions-funded projects. There are now over 133,000 measurement sites where information is made freely available from the Department’s award-winning Water Information Reporting portal.

The Department is planning for a significant leap in scientific data availability over the next few years through its use of newly available technologies and programs including the Internet of Things, Drones and planned Drilling programs. As well as generating more data from its own in-the-field assets the Government committed in the Waterwise Perth Strategy Action item 31 for the Department to work more closely with developers and industry with the aim to collect and make available water data in their possession. The centralised collection and dissemination of water information is something the Industry has been asking for through its representative bodies.

Initial consultation with Industry on making private sector data available through the Department’s portals is planned for this financial year and will commence shortly. The Department’s expansive in-house datastore is in record demand this year by the Private sector, Universities and Research organisations and the three levels of Government.

This presentation will update you with the latest water information and show you how to access the datasets and to give insights into what new information is coming up.


Lindsay Preece B.COM ACA has over 30 years’ experience working for the Western Australian Public Sector. In the last 20 years, he has had leading information roles at the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation and at the former Department for Planning and Infrastructure. The water science information systems developed by the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation won an Australian Business Award, an Australian Water Award and a Spatial Excellence Award.


Webinar via Zoom
Zoom link and password:
Password: 827959


4:00 pm - 5:00 pm