About the Centre

Australia-China Joint Research Centre on River Basin Management (Water Resources and Water Quality)

Water efficiency, food security, community resilience and environmental sustainability is the focus of the centre that was officially launched in Beijing in May 2013. The Centre is one of six Joint Research Centres co-funded by both the Australian and Chinese governments as part of the Australia-China Science and Research Fund (ACSRF).

A group photo taken at the launch of the centre.

Launch of the Australia-China Joint Research Centre for River Basin Management

The Australia-China Joint Research Centre for River Basin Management led by the University of Melbourne provides both countries with a new capacity to address national priorities for water resources management. This includes water catchment management, water productivity, environmental and rural community sustainability as well as technical and research capacity in these areas.

The centre involves expertise from across Australia including the CSIRO, the Murray-Darling Basin Authority and the University of Western Sydney. In China, the Centre is supported by ten partners including the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the Ministry for Water Resources and Tsinghua University.

Economic, environmental and social benefits

  • Improved business partnerships, export promotion and on-farm productivity
  • Improved environmental sustainability
  • Improved sustainability of rural communities
  • Increased national technical and research capacity

Key activities

  • Development of joint cross disciplinary research programs
  • Showcasing innovative technologies in water resource management
  • Establishing enduring partnerships between researchers and water agencies

Governance

The Co-directors of the Centre

Director in Australia
Prof Peter Scales
The University of Melbourne

Director in China
Prof Hao Wang
China Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Research


Partners

Lead Australian partner

The University of Melbourne

Lead Chinese partner

Department of Water Resources, China Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Research