Water

ACCC seeks submissions on draft decision to accredit IPART as regulator of rural water charges in NSW Murray-Darling Basin

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has issued a draft decision to accredit the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal of NSW (IPART) as the regulator of water infrastructure charges in the NSW Murray-Darling Basin from 1 June 2016 for 10 years. IPART had previously set the charges applying in the Murray-Darling Basin until 30 June 2014.

Application

On 25 June 2015, the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal of NSW (IPART) submitted an application for accreditation to the ACCC. IPART’s application is assessed against the requirements for accreditation under the WCIR.

Public forums

As part of its consultation process for the review of the water charge rules, the ACCC held public forums across the Murray-Darling Basin. The public forums were an opportunity to discuss water charging arrangements and contribute to the ACCC’s advice on possible amendments to the water charge rules.

ACCC issues final decision on Water NSW’s 2015-16 charges for infrastructure services

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has released its final decision on the charges that Water NSW is able to levy for infrastructure services in the Murray-Darling Basin during 2015-16. This is the first annual review of charges conducted by the ACCC.

In June 2014, the ACCC set the regulated charges that Water NSW is able to levy from 2014 to 2017. The ACCC did this by setting a methodology to calculate charges to ensure that they reflect up-to-date information about water availability.

ACCC water monitoring report 2013-14

The report provides information for the 2013−14 year on regulated water charges, transformation arrangements, termination of irrigation network access, compliance with the Commonwealth water market and water charge rules, and related issues.