These guidelines aim to protect Australians from threats posed by the recreational use of coastal, estuarine and fresh water environments. These guidelines are currently being updated by NHMRC’s Recreational Water Quality Advisory Committee

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NHMRC undertook a targeted consultation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stakeholders from May to October 2022. Feedback received will be collated into a report to be published with the updated guidelines.

For more information visit Consultation on Community Water Use and Risk Awareness.

NHMRC has released an addendum to these guidelines. Guidance on per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in recreational water has been developed by NHMRC's Water Quality Advisory Committee and recommended for public release by the Council of NHMRC in March 2019. NHMRC's Chief Executive Officer released the Guidance on 12 August 2019.

See also PFAS Guidance for Recreational Water – Frequently Asked Questions.