Queensland Water Modelling Network

2021 QWMN Research, Development and Innovation Tender

The 2021 QWMN Research, Development and Innovation Tender is now closed. The outcome of the Tender will be published in July 2021. Please email QWMN@des.qld.gov.au with any inquiries.

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.

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) identified where the QWMN focused effort in water modelling activity in Queensland in previous years. The strategy includes priority models and regions; and outlines government research, development and innovation priority actions across four key fields:

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

In early 2021, consultation on a discussion paper (PDF, 571.9KB) sought to review and take stock of progress to date against the strategy’s priority actions to guide investment in the 2020/21 year. The findings are summarised in this consultation report (PDF, 698.2KB) . A full review and update of the strategy is planned for the 2021/22 year.

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 Capability, Collaboration and Capacity Program (3CP), a consortium of government, research and private organisations led by the International WaterCentre, Griffith University. 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, with key links across government, research and industry. The QWMN’s governance structure includes an Advisory Board, Capability and Capacity Reference Group and a Secretariat. A register of subject matter experts aligning with the Research, Development and Innovation program is utilised on an as needs basis to support the governance groups.

The QWMN Advisory Board comprises nine members that contribute government, research, private, early career and First Nations perspectives. It is responsible for providing advice on emerging issues, contributing ideas and expertise, and acting as champions for the communication and translation of QWMN outputs and outcomes. Its members will be reviewed on an annual basis to ensure alignment with the QWMN’s strategic direction.

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, its governance members and/or terms of reference, or to find out how you can get involved, contact QWMN@des.qld.gov.au