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Why is it called the Goyder Institute?

George Woodroffe GoyderGeorge Woodroffe Goyder (24 June 1826 to 2 November 1898) was a surveyor in South Australia during the latter half of the nineteenth century, and was appointed Surveyor-General in 1861.

George Goyder observed the difference in vegetation type as a result of rainfall gradients as he traversed the state. He used this to set a limit beyond which cropping would be unsustainable. His predictions were highly unpopular at the time, but he proved to be right.

This line is now called “Goyder's Line” (map PDF 1.0 MB) and was an early example in South Australia of science being used to inform policy.

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Strategic Intent

The Goyder Institute will support world leading water resource management in South Australia through excellent science

Goyder Institute Strategic Research Plan 2011 - 2015 (PDF 2.01 MB)

Strategic Alliances

The Goyder Institute for Water Research was established in July 2010 as a partnership between the South Australian Government through the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources, CSIRO, Flinders University, the University of Adelaide, and the University of South Australia.

Goyder Institute Associates typically contribute expertise and capabilities in areas outside of those contributed by the Goyder Institute Partners. Associates may participate in capacity building, knowledge exchange and/or specific research projects, and invest in the Goyder Institute Research program with in-kind commitments in the same manner as Goyder Institute Partners.


The Australian Water R&D Coalition (AWRDC) is a collection of the Urban Water R&D ‘brokers’ in Australia and include the National Water Commission, the Australian Water Recycling Centre of Excellence, the National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training, the National Centre of Excellence for Desalination, Water Services Association of Australia, Smart Water Fund, Water Research Australia, the Urban Water Security Research Alliance, and the Goyder Institute for Water Research. 

ANZSOG-Goyder Institute Visiting Professors program