Early 2012, changes were made to the Water Industry Competition Act 2006 (WIC Act) to strengthen and streamline the regulation of licensed schemes and increase customer protection by addressing a number of drafting anomalies, removing duplication and creating new provisions that provide greater certainty for network operator licensees and protect consumers.
The amendments include:
In addition, an amendment to the Local Government (General) Regulation 2005 removes duplicated approvals with the WIC Act. Schemes licensed under the WIC Act will no longer require a section 68 approval under the Local Government Act 1993.
The transitional period in the WIC (General) Regulation has been extended to September 2015 for schemes that were previously exempt prior to the introduction of the Water Industry Competition (General) Amendment (Licensing Exemptions) Regulation 2010, to allow any amendments resulting from the WIC Act review to be made.
These amendments were part of the Water Industry Competition Amendment Act 2011 that commenced on 30 January 2012, and the Water Industry Competition (General) Amendment (IPART Pricing Investigations) Regulation 2012 that commenced on 23 March 2012.
For information on more recent amendments go to Water Industry Competition Amendment Act 2014.
For all enquiries related to the amendments, please contact the Metropolitan Water Directorate at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 1800 759 857.