CRC for Water Sensitive Cities

The CRC for Water Sensitive Cities brings together the inter-disciplinary research expertise and thought-leadership to undertake research that will revolutionise water management in Australia and overseas.  In collaboration with over 70 research, industry and government partners, it will deliver the socio-technical urban water management solutions, education and training programs, and industry engagement required to make towns and cities water sensitive.  With a research budget in excess of $100million, research undertaken over the next nine years will guide capital investments of more than $100 Billion by the Australian water sector and more than $550 Billion of private sector investment in urban development over the next 15 years.

Through an extensive consultation process, participants and stakeholders have identified a number of key challenges to urban water reform required to transform cities into liveable, resilient, sustainable and productive cities. To effectively address the complex inter-dependencies of the many socio-technical factors influencing water management in cities of the future, the CRC for WSC will employ an inter-disciplinary delivery approach. This approach will place practitioners, policy makers and regulators in inter-disciplinary teams with researchers whose expertise may be in areas such as: water engineering; urban planning; commercial and property law; urban ecology; urban climatology and global climate science; social and institutional science; organisational behaviour; change management; the water economy; risk assessment; social marketing; and community health. These teams will be located at research hubs in Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, and Singapore.

The WA Research Hub and New WAter Ways will disseminate research outcomes and activities.

Integrated research

Integrated Research Projects (IRP) are research projects that will be supported with CRCWSC core funding, and that will address a broad need across the CRCWSC. They will address priority industry needs that require ongoing research and development efforts through the integration of proposed research activities, and will have a strong industry application focus in projects identified by the Regional Advisory Panels.


  • Water sensitive city visions and transition strategies  (IRP1)
  • Comprehensive economic evaluation framework (IRP2)
  • Evidence-based integrated urban planning across different scales (IRP3)
  • Water sensitive outcomes for infill developments (IRP4)
  • Knowledge-based water sensitive city solutions for groundwater impacted developments (IRP5)

blueprint2013 – Stormwater Management in a Water Sensitive City

The purpose of blueprint2013 is to foster discussion and innovation in harnessing the potential of stormwater to overcome water shortages, reduce urban temperatures, and improve waterway health and the landscape of Australian cities in their transformation into Water Sensitive Cities.

This report is the third version of an evolving document that articulates how, through a holistic approach to the management of urban stormwater, we can transition Australian cities to Water Sensitive Cities. Our reference to cities includes all urban environments and the approaches and philosophical context of water sensitive cities are equally applicable to regional towns and cities throughout Australia and overseas.

blueprint2013 includes additional insights and recommendations emanating from research across multiple disciplines undertaken by the Cities as Water Supply Catchments research team in 2012. The blueprint outlines approaches to urban stormwater management that can be adopted today to support the transition of our urban areas to Water Sensitive Cities and Towns.

Click here to download blueprint2013   from the CRC for Water Sensitive Cities website.