NSW water compliance reform: Expected changes in 2018

NSW water compliance reform: Expected changes in 2018

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NSW irrigators will soon be subject to a host of new water compliance reform obligations, due to a swift government crackdown in response to the concerning revelations of ‘Pumped’, the ABC Four Corners program aired in July 2017. By Alex Silcock, Compliance Quarter. Following the public reaction to the program, the NSW Government commissioned an ‘independent investigation into NSW water management and compliance’. The investigation was undertaken by Ken Matthews AO and the final version of the report was released on 24 November 2017. The NSW Government has already acted on Matthews’ interim report by passing the Natural Resources Access Regulator Bill 2017. The new legislation establishes an independent water regulator (NRAR) which the government perceives as representing ‘the beginning of a period of reform and improvement for compliance and…
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The Amending WIC Act: Upcoming regulatory changes for water infrastructure in New South Wales (including recycled water, stormwater and wastewater)

The Amending WIC Act: Upcoming regulatory changes for water infrastructure in New South Wales (including recycled water, stormwater and wastewater)

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Last week we talked about the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal NSW (IPART) Review of Compliance and Enforcement Policy (read the full story here). We mentioned there that a key compliance and enforcement responsibility of IPART relates to Water Industry Competition Act 2006 (WIC Act) licensing. [caption id="attachment_2555" align="alignnone" width="640"] WIC Act[/caption] Today, we look at the upcoming reform of WIC Act licensing contained in the Water Industry Competition Amendment (Review) Act 2014 No 57 (the ‘Amending WIC Act’). This amending Act, while passed into law in 2014, does not come into effect until an associated regulatory framework is ready to be enforced. Last month IPART gave an information session on progress to date, with the scheme intended to come in to effect in 2019. Today we summarise the key…
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