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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Business and Economics
OfferedCaulfield Summer semester B 2010 (On-campus block of classes)
Coordinator(s)Mr Rhett Martin


The topics covered in the this units are:

  • the common law and water: main principles
  • constitutional framework for water management
  • australian statutory water law regimes and The COAG National Water Reforms
  • institutional framework for water providers and resource managers
  • access to and management of water resources
  • individual and community rights to water
  • liability issues arising out of water resource management
  • the Murray Darling Basin Agreement 1992 and the management of the Murray River and its tributaries
  • legal and regulatory issues regarding water trading regimes
  • legal and regulatory issues regarding maintaining water quality
  • the blue covenant: global water issues and the law (an introduction).


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  • understand australian statutory water management regime
  • understand common law position and law reform proposals
  • understand history and legal framework for Murray Darling Basin Agreement 1992
  • understand legal issues involving water trading, water quality and associated rights and responsibilities relating to water use in Australia
  • understand regulatory framework for Victorian water industry under Water Industry Act 1994
  • understand the National Water Initiative (NWI) and COAG National Water Reforms
  • describe the emerging international law position including i.e. U.N. agencies monitoring water resources and treaties impacting water quality and use.


Within semester assessment: 50%
Examination (3 hours): 50%

Contact hours

39 contact hours