Review of the water charge rules: advice development

Project overview


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 is in response to a recommendation of the Independent Review of the Water Act 2007, which was tabled in Parliament in December 2014.

In conducting the review and developing its advice, the ACCC is consulting widely with infrastructure operators, irrigators, Basin State governments and other interested parties.

Process for the review of the water charge rules

The review of the water charge rules allows for multiple opportunities for stakeholder comment.

Following the release of the issues paper in May 2015, the ACCC  conducted extensive face-to-face consultations with key stakeholders, including infrastructure operators, representative groups and Basin state governments.

This consultation also included holding a series of public forums in major irrigation communities across the Murray-Darling Basin where interested parties attended and provided comment.

The ACCC released its draft advice (including draft rules) in November 2015.

The ACCC will deliver its final advice (including draft rules) after the current caretaker period has ended.


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