AUSRIVAS (Australian River Assessment System) is a rapid prediction system used to assess the biological health of Australian rivers. AUSRIVAS was developed under the National River Health Program (NRHP) by the Federal Government in 1994, in response to growing concern in Australia for maintaining ecological values.
The goal of the National River Health Program is to provide the information needed to reverse the degradation of our inland waters. The objectives of the National River Health Program are to:
AUSRIVAS has two streams, Bioassessment and Physical assessment. These correspond with rapid biological assessment protocols and rapid geomorphic, physical and chemical assessment protocols respectively.