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Urban Water Regulation in NSW - Discussion Paper

November 21, 2012

Urban Water Regulation in NSW - Discussion Paper

The NSW Government has released a Discussion Paper to seek stakeholder feedback on a joint review of the Water Industry Competition Act 2006 (WIC Act) and regulatory arrangements for water recycling under the Local Government Act 1993 (LG Act). 

The NSW Government has released a Discussion Paper to seek stakeholder feedback on a joint review of the Water Industry Competition Act 2006 (WIC Act) and regulatory arrangements for water recycling under the Local Government Act 1993 (LG Act). 

The purpose of the review is to address issues with aspects of the current regulation of the urban water sector in NSW, and develop a consistent whole-of-sector approach that appropriately manages risks to public health, the environment and consumers without imposing unnecessary red tape.  

Key issues discussed in the paper include whether there is scope to develop more targeted risk-based regulatory requirements across both the WIC Act and LG Act, how current processes can be improved to reduce costs to business and government alike, and how to allocate regulatory roles and responsibilities. 

The Discussion Paper is on public exhibition until Friday 15 February 2013 and stakeholders are invited to make written submissions. To view the paper click here

Public information workshops will be held in the following metropolitan and regional area in December 2012:

  • Queanbeyan
  • Orange
  • Coffs Harbour
  • Newcastle
  • Parramatta (LG Act only)
  • Sydney (WIC Act only)

Stakeholders are encouraged to attend the workshops, which will provide an opportunity to discuss the issues that matter to you and explore options to address them.

To register for a workshop, download the Discussion Paper and find out more about the review, visit Have Your Say.

For further enquiries, please contact the Metropolitan Water Directorate, Department of Finance and Services, at urbanwaterreview@services.nsw.gov.au or phone 1800 759 857.