The Water Charge (Infrastructure) Rules 2010 require Water NSW to apply to the ACCC for approval or determination of its charges for the second and subsequent years of a regulatory period.

Water NSW submitted its application for 2016-17 charges to the ACCC on 7 March 2016.

The application is provided below.

Memorandum of understanding

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.

ACCC’s draft advice on water charge rules to increase transparency, promote efficiency and reduce regulatory burden

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has today released its draft advice on amendments to the Commonwealth water charge rules. This advice sets out the ACCC’s draft positions and seeks further submissions on proposed changes to the rules.

ACCC decides to accredit IPART as regulator of rural water charges for WaterNSW

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has issued its Final Decision to accredit the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal of NSW (IPART) as the regulator of WaterNSW’s infrastructure charges in the Murray-Darling Basin. The decision will take effect from 1 June 2016 for a period of 10 years.

Until the ACCC took over the role under the Water Charge (Infrastructure) Rules 2010, IPART had previously set these charges.

Final decision

On 23 September 2015, the ACCC made a Final Decision to accredit IPART under Part 9 of the Water Charge (Infrastructure) Rules 2010 (WCIR). The Final Decision sets out the reasons for the ACCC’s decision, the date accreditation takes effect and the terms and conditions which apply to IPART’s accreditation.