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Position paper

The Government released a position paper in February 2014 presenting the preferred approach to reform key elements of urban water regulation in NSW. The approach will continue to see regulatory responsibilities split between the Water Industry Competition Act 2006 (WIC Act) and the Local Government Act 1993 (LG Act), and allow for a phased approach whereby much needed amendments to the WIC Act are prioritised.

Key areas of reform to the WIC Act include:

  • refocussing the Act to regulate utility-like services and high risk schemes
  • introducing entity-wide licensing
  • separating scheme approval from licensing
  • bringing certain metropolitan council-led schemes under the Act
  • strengthening customer protection through last resort arrangements.

The Urban water regulation review – position paper and summary factsheet are available below. Stakeholders were invited to review the position paper and provide a written response by 28 March 2014. All public submissions received are available below.

The Metropolitan Water Directorate hosted an information session in mid-March 2014 to help inform stakeholders of the proposed reforms and to facilitate stakeholder feedback on the proposals. The presentations from the information session are available below. 

Considering stakeholder feedback, the Government prepared the Water Industry Competition Amendment (Review) Bill 2014 that the Minister for Natural Resources, Lands and Water tabled into the NSW Parliament on 18 June 2014.  For further information go to the WIC Amendment Act.

More information

For all enquiries related to the Urban water regulation review, please contact the Metropolitan Water Directorate on 1800 759 857 or wica@dpi.nsw.gov.au.