Improved MDB water availability saw deliveries to irrigators increase in 2020-21

Improved rainfall across most parts of the Murray–Darling Basin in 2020–21 led to widespread increases in water storage volumes and allocations. These conditions, combined with large volumes of carryover water from the previous season, led to irrigation infrastructure operators delivering 120 per cent more water to irrigators than in 2019–2020, the ACCC’s twelfth annual Water Monitoring Report has found.

ACCC receives additional responsibilities in budget

The ACCC has welcomed the Federal Government’s announcement of new work for the ACCC in scams, childcare, water trading and an extension of the ACCC’s gas inquiry role.

“We look forward to delivering on these new responsibilities, as well as our ongoing work to promote competition and fairer markets for consumers and small businesses,” ACCC Chair Gina Cass-Gottlieb said.

Gas inquiry

The Budget Papers highlight a number of significant challenges for Australians from rising electricity and gas prices. 

ACCC Water Monitoring Report 2020-21

The ACCC has released its twelfth annual report under the Water Act 2007 (Cth). The report provides information on the state of the rural water sector in the Murray–Darling Basin for the 2020–21 financial year.

ACCC welcomes new role regulating water market conduct

The ACCC welcomes the Australian Government’s plan to legislate new functions for the ACCC as the water market conduct regulator in the Murray-Darling Basin.

This week, the Government released the Water market reform: final roadmap report and announced its intention to implement all of the recommendations.

The ‘roadmap’ built on the findings and recommendations of the ACCC's 2021 report on Murray-Darling Basin water markets.

Compliance and enforcement guide for infrastructure operators on the water rules

This guide helps operators of water infrastructure in the Murray-Darling Basin understand:

  • the ACCC’s water roles in the Murray-Darling Basin
  • the ACCC’s approach to enforcing the Water Market Rules 2009 and Water Charge Rules 2010 made under the Water Act 2007
  • how the ACCC will respond to possible contraventions of the rules and the Competition and Consumer Act 2010.