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Urban Water Regulation Review

The Metropolitan Water Directorate is leading a joint review of the Water Industry Competition Act 2006 (WIC Act) and regulatory arrangements for water recycling under the Local Government Act 1993.

The Water Industry Competition Act 2006 (WIC Act) requires the Minister to review the Act as soon as possible after a period of five years to determine whether the policy objectives of the Act remain valid and whether the terms of reference of the Act remain appropriate for securing those objectives.

The periodic review of legislation is important to ensure it achieves what was intended and, where necessary, to revise provisions based on experiences to date. In November 2012, the Minister tabled a report in Parliament on the five year statutory review of the WIC Act.  

The review report recommended further consultation through the release of a discussion paper to inform the development of a consistent whole-of-sector approach to the regulation of water recycling across NSW. 

In November 2012, the Government released a discussion paper to discuss current and potential future frameworks to accommodate the growing diversity of the NSW urban water sector.  

For further information go to Discussion paper and public consultation.

Following the discussion paper, the Government released a position paper in February 2014 presenting the preferred approach to reform key elements of the urban water regulation in NSW.

For further information go to Position paper and public consultation.

On 18 June 2014, the Minister for Natural Resources, Lands and Water tabled the Water Industry Competition Amendment (Review) Bill 2014 into the NSW Parliament. 

For further information go to Water Industry Amendment Act.

Keep up to date

If you would like to stay up to date on the review, email your contact details to urbanwater.review@dpi.nsw.gov.au