Queensland Water Modelling Network

Outcome of 2020 Research, Development and Innovation Tender

The Queensland Water Modelling Network is excited to announce the following successful projects from the recent 2020 Research, Development and Innovation Tender:

  • Modelling surface water availability to inform water security for freshwater biodiversity (Griffith University in partnership with Healthy Land and Water, Seqwater, and Bureau of Meteorology)
  • Between a hot place and hypoxia – modelling to support climate adaptation of Queensland’s inland river waterholes (The University of Western Australia in partnership with The University of Queensland)
  • Social dimensions in water quality modelling (Truii Pty Ltd in partnership with Eberhard Consulting)

The tender sought innovative solutions to one or more of four water modelling challenge statements concerning: climate change and variability; ecological and social impacts; improving integration between monitoring and modelling; and a system approach to groundwater management.

For more information, contact QWMN@des.qld.gov.au.

The Queensland Water Modelling Network (QWMN) is improving the state’s capacity to model its surface water and groundwater resources and their quality. The QWMN provides the tools, information and collaborative platforms to support best-practice use of water models, and the uptake of their results by policy makers and natural resource managers. The QWMN delivers this through its research, development and innovation program; as well as focusing effort on building the capability of Queensland’s water modelling sector.

Since its establishment in 2017, the QWMN has initiated various collaborative projects, from cataloguing major water models used by Queensland Government through to improving integration between agricultural and water catchment models.

QWMN projects focus on:

  • model integration
  • model improvement
  • model management
  • building capacity and uptake
  • communications and engagement.

Find out more about the projects and project publications.

QWMN goals

  • Build a state-wide network with national influence to deliver transformative change
  • Foster integrated and scalable modelling to address water risks and opportunities
  • Champion a community of practice to leverage expertise
  • Encourage strategic co-investment and co-production in water modelling research, development and innovation
  • Increase application of water modelling to inform decision-making.

Key partners

  • Model practitioners (government, research and private sectors)
  • End users of model output (decision/policy makers, planners and investment programs)
  • Enabling environment (universities, workplace capability and direction setters).

Research, Development and Innovation Program

QWMN projects address priority modelling needs identified through consultation with modelling groups within government, external partners and consultants.

The QWMN Research, Development and Innovation Strategy 2018–2020 (PDF, 1.4MB) (the strategy) identifies where the QWMN will focus effort to improve and integrate water modelling activity in Queensland. The strategy identifies priority models and regions; and outlines government research, development and innovation challenges in four key fields:

  • climate change and variability
  • landscape restoration and redesign
  • water planning, integration and management
  • model management.

Capability Program

In addition to investment in research, development and innovation, the QWMN is committed to building capability in Queensland’s water modelling sector. This is primarily delivered through the QWMN External Engagement Program (PDF, 47.2KB) ; a consortium of government and research organisations led by the International WaterCentre. A key component of this program is a community of practice which aims to foster greater collaboration amongst water modellers, users, decision makers and end-users of model output through events and activities.


The Department of Environment and Science is responsible for the coordination and governance of the QWMN in a partnership with the Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy and the Queensland Reconstruction Authority.

A steering panel is responsible for guiding QWMN’s future direction and for the oversight and integration of its information and products. Technical working groups design and oversee projects in alignment with current priorities.

More information

The QWMN seeks opportunities to collaborate with a range of organisations to generate ideas and propose solutions to challenges in Queensland water modelling.

For more information about the QWMN, or to find out how you can get involved, contact QWMN@des.qld.gov.au