In December 2004, a consortium of partners including five universities (University of South Australia, Adelaide University, Flinders University, Central Queensland University and Deakin University) together with financial support from the South Australian Government, were awarded Federal Government funding from the Department of Education, Science and Training to establish an International Centre of Excellence in Water Resources Management. WaterEd Australia Pty Ltd was incorporated with an independent Board of Directors and is governed by a Shareholders’ Agreement and Constitution.
ICE WaRM’s first initiative was developing and launching the nested Master of Water Resources Management programme delivered through partner universities. Further academic programmes followed, offering support for research students and exchange opportunities for post-graduate students with partner universities in Europe.
In line with Australia’s reputation for excellence in water resources management, ICE WaRM has gone on to develop extensive international alliances and create customised education and training courses for overseas governments and water organisations. In 2008 an environmental trust, th Water Resources Management (WaRM Trust) was established to provide a scholarship and visits and exchange programme for water research management scholars. The trust continues to receive funding and donations for this purpose.
ICE WaRM has a long-standing partnership agreement with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) for the Sustainable Development Investment Portfolio which commenced in 2012. Phase 2 of SDIP, which seeks to improve water, energy and food security in South Asia, is funded until June 2020.
In 2013, the then South Australian Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources and ICE WaRM established an agreement to support international water engagement. This agreement concluded in December 2017. In June 2018, the Department for Environment and Water funded ICE WaRM to support international water engagement, trade and investment and provide a resource as the Strategic Adviser.
ICE WaRM’s current shareholders are the University of South Australia, Adelaide University, Flinders University, Central Queensland University and AITEC Corporate Education and
Consulting who continue to support ICE WaRM’s objectives.