Murray Irrigation breaches water charge rules

The ACCC has determined that Murray Irrigation Limited breached the Water Charge (Infrastructure) Rules, however it has decided to resolve the matter administratively without enforcement action.

Between December 2016 and November 2018, Murray Irrigation Limited failed to publish all required information on the water charges it imposes under two agreements with non-irrigation customers, WaterNSW and the Office of Environment and Heritage.

ACCC water monitoring report 2016-17

The ACCC has completed its eighth 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 2016–17 financial year.

ACCC 2015-16 Water Monitoring Report shows rural water sector adapting to change

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s seventh annual Water Monitoring Report, covering 2015-16, shows the effects of structural changes in the Murray-Darling Basin rural water sector on regulated charges and terminations, transformations, and trades.

“This year’s report highlights that operators and customers are responding to change in a variety of ways,” ACCC Commissioner Cristina Cifuentes said.

ACCC water monitoring report 2015-16

The report provides information for the 2015−16 year on regulated water charges, transformation arrangements, termination of irrigation network access, compliance with the Commonwealth water market rules and water charge rules, and related issues.

ACCC advice

The ACCC provided its advice to the Murray-Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) on 10 October 2016. The MDBA publicly released this advice on 22 November 2016.

Final advice

The ACCC provided its final advice to the Minister on 21 September 2016. The Minister publicly released this advice and on 15 November 2016 gave notice of his intention to repeal Part 5 of the Water Charge (Infrastructure) Rules 2010, consistent with the ACCC’s rule advice 5-L. 

On 31 January 2017, the Minister made rules to repeal Part 5 of the Water Charge (Infrastructure) Rules 2010. This removed requirements on operators to produce five-yearly Network Service Plans, consultation papers and information statements. The amended rules commenced on 1 July 2017.

Water reforms delivering benefits for Murray Darling Basin water users but significant issues remain

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has publicly released the 2014–15 Water Monitoring Report.

The report provides information on the level of water infrastructure charges that irrigators and other customers face in the Murray-Darling Basin. It also reports on the progress that has been made to increase the efficiency of Basin water markets.