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The North Queensland Water Infrastructure Authority (the Authority) was established on 12 March 2019 as an Executive Agency under section 65 of the Public Service Act 1999. The key objective of the Authority is to provide strategic planning and coordination of Commonwealth resources to implement water projects in northern Queensland and manage water infrastructure projects, as directed by the Minister.

The Authority works collaboratively with stakeholders, local governments and the Queensland Government to progress project feasibility and planning activities, including the development of business cases, engineering assessments and related research activities for major water infrastructure initiatives potentially eligible to receive Australian Government funding from the National Water Infrastructure Development Fund (the Fund).

The Authority also coordinates the provision of information sharing among relevant regulatory authorities in order to implement the projects within its scope.