Lead Australian partner

The University of Melbourne

Established in 1853, the University of Melbourne is the second oldest University in Australia. It is a comprehensive university with faculties and graduate schools encompassing the Arts, Architecture, Building and Planning, Economics and Commerce, Education, Engineering, Land and Food Resources, Law, Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, Science, Veterinary Science and the Victoria College of Arts. The University is one of the largest research organizations in Australia reflected in more than 125 research centres, including 57 major Government-funded research centres and programs.

Lead Chinese partner

China Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Research

The Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Research (IWHR) was established in 1958. The Institute is a research centre of water resources and hydropower in China. It is responsible for the research tasks encountered in major hydro projects, state five-year plan key programs of science and major programs funded by the Ministry of Water Resources, the State Electric Power Corporation, as well as the Natural Science Foundation Commission of China. The Institute is actively involved in international exchange and cooperation with overseas research institutes and universities as well as major international academic societies.

Other partners

China Three Gorges Corporation

The China Three Gorges Corporation (CTGC) is a state-owned Chinese power company, established in 1993. The company was responsible for construction of the Three Gorges Dam-project, the world largest hydroelectric power plant that went into operation in 2008. In September 2002, CTGC established the subsidiary company China Yangtze Power, which took over operations and management of Gezhouba and Three Gorges dams. CTG is one of the world’s largest energy companies.

Chinese Academy of Sciences

  • Cold and Arid Regions Environmental and Engineering Research Institute
  • Research Centre of Eco-Environmental Sciences
  • Institute of Remote Sensing applications
  • Bureau of International Co-operation
  • Bureau of Science & Technology for Development

The Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), is the national academy for the natural sciences of the People’s Republic of China. It is an institution of the State Council of China, functioning as the national scientific think-tank, providing advisory and appraisal services on issues stemming from the national economy, social development, and science and technology progress. It is headquartered in Beijing, with institutes all over China.

Chinese Agricultural University

China Agricultural University is a university in Beijing, China specializing in agriculture, biology, engineering, veterinary medicine, economics, management, humanities and social science. It was formed in 1995 through the merger of the Beijing Agricultural University and the Beijing Agricultural Engineering University. At present there are more than 19,000 students studying in the university.

CRC Spatial Information

The CRC for Spatial Information (CRCSI) is a research organisation funded by Australia’s Cooperative Research Centre Program (CRC) and by participant contributions. CRCSI was founded in 2003 and, with the successful rebid announced in August 2009, will continue to 2018. It conducts research and development projects that involve collaboration between government, corporate and academic resources. The purpose of CRCSI is to create new wealth for its participants and the nation through innovative research, application and commercialisation of spatial information technologies; through education; and through building collaborative partnerships.

CSIRO Water for a Healthy Country Flagship

CSIRO’s Water for a Healthy Country Flagship conducts research to understand natural and engineered land and water systems and to predict how they respond to change. The Flagship’s scientists are working on the big challenges that are facing Australia and the world and has over 500 staff based at nine laboratories around Australia.

Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning, Victoria

The Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) is responsible for better and more efficient management for public and private land, and water for the people of Victoria. DEPI has a focus on protecting our environment, boosting productivity in Victoria’s world-class food and fibre sector and the management of our natural resources, strongly inflenced by decision-making at a local level.


eWater was established in 2005 as an amalgamation of the CRC for Freshwater Ecology (1993–2005) and the CRC for Catchment Hydrology (1992–2005). eWater’s core business is building water management tools for partners and bringing those tools to Australian and international markets.

Gansu Provincial Water Resources Department

The Gansu Provincial Water Resources Department is responsible for water administration. Its main functions are to ensure water resources are rationally developed and utilized; formulate water resources development strategies, plans and policies; provide draft legislations and promulgate water administrative rules and regulations; make integrated river basin management plans and flood control plans for major rivers and lakes as well as management of water science and technology and foreign affairs related to water issues.

Goulburn-Broken Catchment Authority

Situated in northern Victoria and part of the Murray Darling Basin, the Goulburn Broken Catchment comprises the catchments of the Goulburn and Broken Rivers and part of the Murray River valley. The catchment covers 2,4,31,655 Ha or 10.5% of the State of Victoria. Although it occupies just 2% of the Murray Darling Basin, the Goulburn Broken Catchment region provides 11% of the Basin’s stream flow. The Goulburn-Broken Catchment Management Authority (GB CMA) was established in 1997 as the peak natural resource management body in the catchment to develop and oversee the implementation of the Regional Catchment Strategy. The GB CMA is working to ensure land and water resources are protected and enhanced as well as improving the region’s social wellbeing, environmental quality and productive capacity in a sustainable manner.

Murray-Darling Basin Authority

The principle aim of the Murray-Darling Basin Authority is to manage the water resources of the Murray Darling Basin in the national interest. The establishment of the MDBA means that, for the first time, a single agency is now responsible for planning integrated management of the water resources of the Murray-Darling Basin. In December 2008, MDBA assumed responsibility for all of the functions of the former Murray-Darling Basin Commission. The Authority is made up of six members who are supported by an office of around 300 staff. The Ministerial Council and the Basin Officials Committee play important roles in providing advice and making high level decisions relating to the functions of the MDBA.


NICTA (previously known as National ICT Australia Ltd) is Australia’s Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Research Centre of Excellence. The role of NICTA is to pursue potentially economically significant ICT related research for the Australian economy. NICTA’s organisation is structured around groups focused primarily on pure research and the implementation of those ideas within business groups.

Northwest A&F University

Northwest A&F University is a national key comprehensive university directly under the jurisdiction of Chinese Ministry of Education (MOE). The university is co-administered by Ministry of Education, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Water Resources, State Forestry Administration, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and Shaanxi Province. As one of the leading universities in China, A&F is supported by Ministry of Education’s “Project 985”, whose purpose is to build world-class universities in China. A&F was the first high level institution for modern agricultural education in northwest China. In addition to its 18 colleges (department), the university also includes Institute of Soil and Water Conservation, and Department of Physical Education.


Orica is a multinational corporation that provides commercial blasting systems, mining and tunneling support systems, and various chemical products. The company operates in more than 50 countries worldwide and serves customers in more than 100.

Rubicon Water

Rubicon Water is an engineering and technology company providing specialized products and services that enable water authorities to manage their operations and water resources more efficiently. Rubicon’s solutions include the design and manufacture of highly engineered water control gates and precision water delivery systems.

Southern Rural Water, Victoria

Southern Rural Water (SRW) was formed on 1 July, 1995 when the Rural Water Corporation was dissolved. It is owned by the Victorian State Government & governed by a Board of Directors, appointed by the Minister for Water. Southern Rural Water operates irrigation districts at Maffra, Bacchus Marsh and Werribee, manages seven major dams & licenses groundwater users and river diverters across the southern half of Victoria. It supplies water to support agricultural production, electricity generation, country towns and cities, and rural and urban businesses.

Tsinghua University

  • School of Civil Engineering
  • Institute of Nuclear and New Energy Technology

Tsinghua University was established in 1911. The University has 14 schools and 56 departments with faculties in science, engineering, humanities, law, medicine, history, philosophy, economics, management, education and art. The University has over 25,000 students. As one of China’s most renowned universities, Tsinghua has become an important institution for fostering talent and scientific research.

University of Technology Sydney

UTS is a dynamic and innovative university in central Sydney. One of Australia’s leading universities of technology, UTS has a distinct model of learning, strong research performance and a leading reputation for engagement with industry and the professions. UTS Strategic Plan outlines their vision to be a world‑leading university of technology and provides a strong statement about UTS’s aspirations for the third decade. UTS is part of the Australian Technology Network of universities: a group of five prominent universities committed to working with industry and government to deliver practical and professional courses.

World Bank in Beijing

The World Bank in Beijing offers support to developing countries through policy advice, research and analysis, and technical assistance. It’s analytical work often underpins World Bank financing and helps inform developing countries’ own investments. In addition, the World Bank support capacity development in the countries it serves. To ensure that countries can access the best global expertise and help generate cutting-edge knowledge, the Bank is constantly seeking to improve the way it shares its knowledge and engages with clients and the public at large.

The Yellow River Conservation Committee

Yellow River Conservancy Commission (YRCC) is a government agency of Ministry of Water Resources of the People’s Republic of China. YRCC takes responsibility of water administration of the Yellow River basin and the inland river basins in such province as Xinjiang, Qinghai, Gansu and Inner Mongolia.