The presentation delivered by IRP4 Project Leaders – Assoc. Prof. Steven Kenway and Dr. Marguerite Renouf from the University of Queensland and Prof. Nigel Bertram from Monash University – on the 8th March 2018 in WA introduced the IRP4 project. The slidedeck gives an overview of project’s objectives and schedule, case studies, research team and Project Steering Committee members. It also provides a conceptual background to IRP4 by summarising findings from CRCWSC Tranche 1 projects that IRP4 is building upon. This includes an overview of outputs from B1.2. project: a presentation of urban metabolism evaluation framework for water (UMEF4Water) and discussion of insights generated by its application to three Australian city-regions: metropolitan Perth, Melbourne and South-east Queensland.