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Water industry reform

Meeting the challenge of securing the water supply of greater Sydney and NSW in the long-term and in drought conditions requires the innovation, resources and cooperation of both the government and private sectors. To achieve this, the NSW Government has introduced increased competition into the urban water market, through implementation of key actions in the government's Metropolitan Water Plan and State Plan.

The Water Industry Competition Act 2006 (WIC Act) and the regulations supporting its implementation (the Water Industry Competition (General) Regulation 2008 and the Water Industry Competition (Access to Infrastructure Services) Regulation 2007 commenced on 8 August 2008.

The Metropolitan Water Directorate is leading a joint review of the Water Industry Competition Act 2006 and regulatory arrangements for water recycling under the Local Government Act 1993. A position paper outlining the Government’s reform to the WIC Act is now available for viewing.

The Water Industry Competition Act 2006 (WIC Act) includes provisions that ensure the continued supply of water and sewerage services in the event that a licensed retail supplier fails or becomes unviable. These provisions, referred  to as retailer of last resort arrangements, are designed to protect customers and are similar to those that apply in the energy industry.

In late 2010, the NSW Government approved the new exemptions to provide greater clarity and consistency to private water industry infrastructure that is exempt from requiring a licence.

Under clauses 26 and 27 of the Water Industry Competition (General) Regulation 2008, the Minister for Finance and Services may establish a Marketing Code of Conduct and a Transfer Code of Conduct.