About us

The specific challenge faced by the Tomago Wetland Restoration Project was to design and build a system that would naturally encourage saltmarsh regeneration, an ecological community in serious decline in NSW.

The Water Research Laboratory (WRL) is a world-leading fundamental and applied research organisation tackling the most challenging water engineering problems faced by the world today.

Based on Sydney’s Northern Beaches and part of the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UNSW Sydney, our globally-esteemed laboratory spans four hectares and is home to state-of-the-art facilities, equipment and personnel comprising the most experienced and creative problem solvers in their respective areas of research and industry.

Our prestigious record established over 60 years has made us what we are today; a leading team of specialists solving problems related to water and the environment.

Quality assurance

The Water Research Laboratory Projects Team provides specialist consulting, research, design, management and planning services for water, energy, catchments and coasts.

It operates a Quality Management System (QMS) in accordance with the requirements of ISO 9001: 2015.


Our people

Our team includes a blend of professional engineers and scientists undertaking commercial research for industry and government, and an academic team focused on high quality education and research.

Women @ WRL

Women @ WRL is a diverse collaborative team comprised of academics, young researchers, project engineers and professional women working at the Water Research Laboratory.


The Australian Climate Change Adaptation Research Network for Settlements and Infrastructure (ACCARNSI) is a past initiative, with this content being preserved for posterity.