ANZECC 2000 Guidelines

This page has information about the Australian and New Zealand Guidelines for Fresh and Marine Water Quality (ANZECC 2000 Guidelines), a useful resource for water quality managers, environmental consultants, and researchers. It includes links to the ANZECC 2000 Guidelines on the Australian Government’s Department of the Environment website.

About the ANZECC 2000 Guidelines

The aim of the ANZECC 2000 Guidelines is to provide authoritative guidance on fresh and marine water quality management issues in both New Zealand and Australia. Basic sediment quality information is also included.

In New Zealand regulation has taken the place of some aspects of the guidance. For information on the regulation see Appendices 1 and 2 of the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management 2014 

In Australia the ANZECC 2000 Guidelines document is a part of Australia’s National Water Quality Management Strategy (NWQMS) which provides a national approach for achieving sustainable use of Australia’s water resources by protecting and enhancing water quality while maintaining economic and social development.

The ANZECC 2000 Guidelines document is currently being revised. 

For information about the revision see:

National water quality management strategy [Australian Government Department of the Environment website]