Draft advice24 Nov 2015

The ACCC has released its draft advice with proposed amendments to the Commonwealth water charge rules. The ACCC has also released an overview of the draft advice (see ‘Related documents’ below).

Draft advice documents

The Draft Advice sets out the ACCC’s draft recommendations for amending the water charge rules.

The Proposed Water Charge Rules - Amending Instrument sets out the legislative amendments required to give effect to the draft advice.

The Proposed Water Charge Rules is the legislative instrument that would result if these amendments were adopted.

The ACCC sought submissions from stakeholders as part of its consultation process, on the draft advice.

Submissions were due on Friday, 4 March 2016. Submissions received are available below.

Commissioned reports

As part of the consultation for the review, the ACCC engaged researchers at the University of Adelaide to survey irrigators in the southern Murray-Darling Basin and produce the following report:

  • University of Adelaide, Short survey of southern Murray-Darling Basin irrigators’ views on the review of the water charge rules

The views presented in this report are the authors’ and do not necessarily reflect those of the ACCC.

The purpose of the survey was to engage with stakeholders and inform the ACCC’s Final Advice and the proposed water charge rules. The report has been considered by the ACCC as part of its review.

See also: Issues paper for the following reports, commissioned by the ACCC prior to the release of the water charge rules Draft Advice:

  • ABARES, Water trading and water charge rules: A survey of irrigators in the Murray-Darling Basin
  • Marsden Jacob Associates, The impact of infrastructure charge structures on water trade in the Murray-Darling Basin.

Public submissions to the draft advice