ILWS - Charles Sturt University
ILWS - Charles Sturt University

Partnerships and Linkages

The Institute is an important contributor to policy making and management decisions that contribute to ensuring a sustainable future. It has well-established partnerships and linkages with State and Federal Government departments, agencies, organisations and other tertiary institutions both in Australia and overseas.

Much of the research work undertaken by the Institute relies on financial and in-kind assistance from various funding bodies, government departments and agencies.

Funding partners in 2015/16 include:


Darwin Initiative Fund; International Development Research Centre; Wetlands International-South Asia; Danone/Evian; Asia Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APN) 


Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR); Australian Research Council; Australian Centre for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis; Commonwealth Environmental Water Office; Department of Agriculture & Water Resources (Fisheries & Forestry); Director of National Parks; CSIRO; Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation; Department of the Environment; Murray-Darling Basin Authority; Murray-Darling Basin Futures CRN


Family and Community Services NSW Liveable Communities; NSW Office of Environment and Heritage; NSW Environment Trust (Bush Connects); Forestry Corporation of NSW; NSW Ministry of Police & Emergency Services' Community Resilience Innovation Program; NSW Department of Primary Industries (Fisheries); Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning (Vic); NSW Trade & Investment; Department of Primary Industries; Department of Environment and Primary Industries –Fisheries Victoria; Department of Environment and Climate Change (NSW); State Water (NSW); NSW Police Force


Central Tablelands Local Land Services; Holbrook Landcare Network; Blue Mountains City Council; Katoomba Neighbourhood Centre Inc.; Springwood Neighbourhood Centre Co-operative Ltd; North Central Catchment Management Authority; Greater Sydney Local Land Services; Canterbury and Fairfield Councils; Central West Local Land Services (LLS); Murray LLS; Goulburn Broken CMA; North Central CMA; Regional Development Australia - Riverina


Australian Wildlife Society; Hermon Slade Foundation; Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners; Wildlife Preservation Society of Australia Ltd.; ANZ Trustees Foundation – Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment; Lake Cowal Foundation; NSW Environment Trust; NRM North; University of Tasmania

Over the history of the Institute partnerships and linkages have included:

Federal Government departments and agencies

  • Commonwealth Environmental Water Office
  • Department of Education and Training
  • Department of Agriculture
  • Department of Environment
  • Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development
  • Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
  • Australian Antarctic Division
  • Office for Learning and Training
  • Murray Darling Basin Authority
  • Indigenous Business Australia

Federally funded research organisations

  • Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research
  • Australian Research Council
  • CSIRO ( Bio-security Flagship, Agriculture Flagship, Land and Water Flagship)
  • Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation;
  • National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility
  • Fisheries Research & Development Corporation
  • Grains Research and Development Corporation
  • Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences

International organisations and Government departments

  • Ramsar Convention on Wetlands
  • World Vision, Cambodia
  • Chilika Development Authority
  • Department of Natural Resources, Nova Scotia
  • U.S. Joint Fire Science Program
  • Canadian Forest Service
  • U.S. Forest Service
  • New Zealand Department of Conservation
  • International Water Management Institute
  • Department of Livestock, Bhutan
  • Department of Agricultural Mechanization, Ministry of Agriculture, Mechanization and Irrigation Development, Harare, Zimbabwe

Industry organisations

  • Select Harvest
  • Murray Irrigation Ltd

 State Government departments and agencies

  • NSW Office of Environment and Heritage
  • NSW Trade & Investment
  • NSW Department of Primary Industries
  • Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (Victoria)
  • Ministry for Police and Emergency Services
  • NSW Office of Water

Catchment Management and Water Authorities, and Local Land Services

  • Murray Local Land Services (LLS)
  • Greater Sydney LLS
  • Central West LLS
  • Riverina LLS
  • Central Tablelands LLS
  • North Central CMA
  • Wimmera CMA
  • Goulburn Broken CMA
  • North East CMA 

Statutory bodies & associations 

  • Murray-Darling Association
  • Sydney Olympic Park Authority
  • Wakool River Association
  • North East Water
  • Goulburn Murray Water
  • Goulburn Valley Water
  • Winton Wetlands Committee of Management
  • NSW Environment Trust

 Local shires & councils

  • Blue Mountains City Council
  • Dubbo City Council
  • Canterbury & Fairfield Councils
  • Indigo Shire Council
  • Albury City Council
  • City of Wodonga
  • Alpine Shire Council
  • Benalla Rural City
  • Bathurst Regional Council
  • Wagga Wagga City Council
  • Orange City Council


  • ATSI Crawford Fund
  • Wildlife Preservation of Australia Ltd
  • ANZ Trustees Foundation– Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment
  • Carewest
  • Lake Cowal Foundation
  • Australian Geographic Society
  • Volunteer International for Development Australia
  • Albury Conservation Company
  • NSW Nature Conservation trust 
  • Katoomba Neighbourhood Centre Inc
  • Springwood Neighbourhood Centre Co-operative Ltd
  • .WWF
  • Bush Heritage Fund
  • Australian Wildlife Conservancy
  • Harmon Slade Foundation 

International NGOs

  • Wetlands International-South Asia 
  • International Crane Foundation

Australian tertiary institutes & other research organisations/centres 

  • University of Canberra
  • University of Technology, Sydney
  • University of Tasmania
  • University of Melbourne
  • Federation University of Australia
  • Monash University; University of NSW
  • Swinburne University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • Griffith University
  • LaTrobe University
  • Arthur Rylah Institute
  • Cultural and Indigenous Research Centre, Australia
  • Southern Cross University
  • Australian National University
  • James Cook University
  • Murray-Darling Freshwater Research Centre (MDFRC)
  • SkillSet
  • University of Newcastle
  • University of Sydney 
  • FAUNA Alliance

International universities & research centres


  • Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research, Addis Ababa Ethiopia
  • Kenya Network for Dissemination of Agricultural Technologies (KENDAT), University of Nairobi, Kenya
  • Centre for Agricultural Mechanization and Rural Technology (CAMARTEC) ), Arusha, Tanzania
  • Selian Agricultural Research Institute (SARI), Arusha, Tanzania
  • University of Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe


  • Mataram University
  • University of Lambung Mangkurat
  • Centre for International Forestry Research
  • Hasanuddin University
  • Brackishwater Aquaculture Development Centre, Banda Aceh


  • Living Aquatic Resources Research Centre
  • National University of Laos.


  • Uygen Wangchuk Institute for Environment and Conservation
  • Department of Livestock


  • Hohai University
  • Institute for Wetland Research - China Academy of Forestry
  • Tianjin University
  • Jilin University of Finance and Economics
  • Yunnan University of Finance and Economics
  • University of Science and Technology
  • Nanjing Institute of Geography and Limnology, Chinese Academy of Sciences


  • Nanzan University


  • University of Vienna, Austria
  • University of Sassari, Sardinia
  • UNESCO Institute for Water Education, The Netherlands
  • Centre d' Ecologie Fonctionnelle et Evolutive, France

North America

  • Stanford University
  • Ohio State University
  • University of British Columbia
  • Oregon State University
  • Northern Arizona University
  • Colorado State University;
  • University of Alberta
  • Auburn University
  • University National Autonomous Mexico

South America

  • University of Chile
  • Federal University of Santa Catarina.

United Kingdom

  • Open University
  • University of Cambridge
  • James Hutton Institute, Aberdeen
  • Imperial College, London

New Zealand

  • Massey University
  • University of Canterbury


  • Ben Gurion University 

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