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