Water

The ACCC has legislated functions regarding enforcement, price setting, monitoring and reporting in water markets.

Projects

Title Type Status
Water trading rules amendments: advice development Policy advice Finalised
24/11/2016

On 18 August 2016 the Murray-Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) requested the ACCC’s advice on possible amendments to the Basin Plan water trading rules, which form Chapter 12 of the Basin Plan 2012 (Cth). These rules relate to the trading or transfer of tradeable water rights relating to Murray-Darling Basin water resources. Under the Water Act 2007 (Cth) the MDBA is required to obtain and have regard to advice by the ACCC when making or amending the water trading rules (s46(2)).

WaterNSW: annual review of regulated charges 2016-17 Price determination Finalised
19 May 2016
The ACCC has completed its second annual review of Water NSW’s regulated charges for water infrastructure services in the Murray-Darling Basin. This review applies to charges for 2016-17, the third and last year of the regulatory period 2014–17.
IPART application for accreditation under the water charge (infrastructure) rules Accreditation application Finalised
23 September 2015

On 23 September 2015, the ACCC made a Final Decision to accredit IPART under Part 9 of the Water Charge (Infrastructure) Rules 2010 (WCIR).

On 21 March 2016, the ACCC and IPART signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) relating to their respective roles under the Water Charge (Infrastructure) Rules 2010 and other relevant legislation. The MOU sets out arrangements to promote effective communication, cooperation and coordination between IPART and the ACCC regarding these roles.

Review of the water charge rules: advice development Policy advice Finalised
17 November 2016

On 17 December 2014, the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment wrote to the ACCC requesting advice on possible amendments to the:

  • Water Charge (Infrastructure) Rules 2010
  • Water Charge (Planning and Management Information) Rules 2010, and
  • Water Charge (Termination Fees) Rules 2009.

The request for advice was in response to a recommendation in the Report of the Independent Review of the Water Act 2007 tabled in Parliament in December 2014.

Water charge (infrastructure) rules: accreditation arrangements Policy advice Finalised
23 September 2015
The ACCC provided its final advice on the water infrastructure charge rules on 26 June 2009.
Water NSW (formerly State Water): annual price review 2015-16 Price determination Finalised
5 June 2015

The ACCC is conducting its first annual review of Water NSW’s regulated charges for water infrastructure services in the Murray-Darling Basin.

This review applies to charges for 2015-16, the second year of the regulatory period 2014–17. Annual reviews of charges for the second and subsequent years of a regulatory period are provided for under rule 34 of the Water Charge (Infrastructure) Rules 2010.

State Water's regulated charges: 2014-17 review Price determination Finalised
26/06/2014

Under the Water charge (infrastructure) rules 2010 (WCIR) the ACCC is the regulator responsible for approving or determining State Water’s regulated charges in the Murray-Darling Basin (MDB) to apply for the period 1 July 2014 to 30 June 2017. State Water's MDB charges were previously regulated by the NSW Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART).

Water charge (infrastructure) rules: advice development Policy advice Finalised
12/01/2011
The Water Charge (Infrastructure) Rules 2010 commenced on 12 January 2011 after being made by the Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities.

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