The NESP TWQ Hub is committed to a body of activity that includes short and long-term research projects. Each activity year the Department of the Environment will work with the Minister, the Hubs and other key stakeholders to identify and refine research priorities and develop projects that align with these priorities.

This research prioritisation is a rolling process and key milestones in each activity year, like the Annual Progress Report and submission of the next Research Plan, will inform the process. The Biennial Program Evaluation, which will review the impact and success of the program, also plays an important role in informing research priorities.

This constant consideration and evaluation of research output and impact will give confidence in the performance of the Hub and the effectiveness of the program. It will also provide the basis for the flexibility needed in the NESP TWQ Hub to engage in new themes of research in an adaptive manner, and ensures that the Hubs’ focus is fixed on the delivery of relevant and practical research.


Theme 1

Improved understanding of the impacts, including cumulative impacts, and pressures on priority freshwater, coastal and marine ecosystems and species. More info

Theme 2

Maximise the resilience of vulnerable species to the impacts of climate change and climate variability by reducing other pressures, including poor water quality. More info

Theme 3

Natural resource management improvements based on sound understanding of the status and long-term trends of priority species and systems. More info