Policy Development

Policy Development

AWA Policy Principles

The Australian Water Association with support from the Water Management Law and Policy Specialist Network has developed policy principles. These principles are to guide the Association’s review of government policies (e.g. the development of a submission it may make on a government Green Paper) and the development of its own policies (e.g. Position Papers).

The Policy Principles have been endorsed by the Board and are available here.

All comments and queries regarding the Principles should be directed to Linda Kelly.

 For more information about the Water Management Law and Policy Specialist Network, please visit their website.

Legislative and policy framework for water management in Australia 

The Water Management Law and Policy Specialist Network has compiled a comprehensive list providing an overview of current water law, policy and government departments from across Australia. The list will assist members to navigate and review their way around relevant Australian water law and policies.

The framework provides information about the following states and territories:

Commonwealth

Water Act 2007

Water Regulations 2008

Water Market Rules 2009

Water Charge (Infrastructure) Rules 2010

Water Charge (Planning and Management Information) Rules 2010

Water Charge (Termination Fees) Rules 2009

Basin Plan 2012

Murray-Darling Basin Agreement (Schedule D - Processing Interstate Transfers of Water Allocations) Protocol 2010

Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999

New South Wales

Legislation - www.legislation.nsw.gov.au

Fluoridation of Public Water Supplies Act 1957

New South Wales—Queensland Border Rivers Act 1947

Water (Commonwealth Powers) Act 2008

Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards (New South Wales) Act 2005

Water Industry Competition Act 2006

Water Management Act 2000

Water Management (General) Regulation 2011

Water NSW Act 2014

Water Agencies and Utilities 

Water NSW

Water Directorate

Sydney Water

Policy 

NSW Floodplain Harvesting Policy

Drinking Water Quality

Victoria

Legislation - http://www.legislation.vic.gov.au/

Queensland

Legislation - https://www.legislation.qld.gov.au/OQPChome.htm 

Water Act 2000 

Environmental Protection Act 1994  

Environmental Protection Regulation 1999 

Environmental Protection (Water) Policy 2009  

Sustainable Planning Act 2009  

Water Supply (Safety and Reliability) Act 2008  

Water Supply (Safety and Reliability) Regulation 2011  

South East Queensland Water (Restructuring) Act 2007  

South East Queensland Water (Distribution and Retail Restructuring) Act 2009 

Water Regulation 2002

Water (Commonwealth Powers) Act 2008

Water Agencies and Utilities 

Department of Energy and Water Supply

Department of Natural Resources and Mines – water management

Queensland Water Commission 

Seqwater 

SunWater

UnityWater 

Urban Utilities

Queensland Water Directorate 

Gladstone Area Water Board

Mount Isa Water Board

Water registered service providers available at the DEWS site

Policy 

DNRM – catchments and resource planning 

DEWS – recycled water 

DEWS – drinking water 

DEWS – water supply and sewerage 

DEWS - dam safety 

DEWS – water security Queensland

Water sharing rules by region   

Western Australia 

Legislation https://www.slp.wa.gov.au/legislation/statutes.nsf/default.html

South Australia 

Legislation - www.legislation.sa.gov.au

Aquaculture Act 2001

Coast Protection Act 1972

Coast Protection (Eyre) Regulations 2000

Coast Protection (Fleurieu) Regulations 2000

Coast Protection (Identity Card) Regulations 2001

Coast Protection (Kangaroo Island) Regulations 2000

Coast Protection (Metropolitan) Regulations 2000

Coast Protection (South East) Regulations 2000

Coast Protection (Spencer) Regulations 2000

Coast Protection (Yorke) Regulations 2000

Environment Protection Act 1993

Environment Protection Regulations 2009

Environment Protection (National Pollutant Inventory) Policy 2008

Environment Protection (Waste to Resources) Policy 2010

Environment Protection (Water Quality) Policy 2003

Ground Water (Qualco-Sunlands) Control Act 2000

Ground Water (Qualco-Sunlands) Control Regulations 2000

Groundwater (Border Agreement) Act 1985

Irrigation Act 2009

Irrigation Regulations 2009

Lake Eyre Basin (Intergovernmental Agreement) Act 2001

Local Government Act 1999

Local Government Act 1999 (Schedule 1A - Implementation of Stormwater Management Agreement) 

Local Government (General) Regulations 2013

Marine Parks Act 2007

Marine Parks Regulations 2008

Marine Parks (Zoning) Regulations 2012

Metropolitan Drainage Act 1935

Mining Act 1971

Mining Regulations 2011

Murray-Darling Basin Act 2008

Natural Resources Management Act 2004

Natural Resources Management (Baroota Prescribed Water Resources Area) Regulations 2008

Natural Resources Management (Central Adelaide - Prescribed Wells Area) Regulations 2007

Natural Resources Management (Eastern and Western Mount Lofty Ranges - Prescribed Water Resources) (Exemption of Certain Existing Users) Regulations 2012

Natural Resources Management (Eastern Mount Lofty Ranges - Longer-term Water Conservation Measures) Regulations 2014

Natural Resources Management (Eastern Mount Lofty Ranges - Prescribed Watercourses and Surface Water Prescribed Area) Regulations 2005

Natural Resources Management (Eastern Mount Lofty Ranges - Prescribed Wells Area) Regulations 2005

Natural Resources Management (Financial Provisions) Regulations 2005

Natural Resources Management (General) Regulations 2005

Natural Resources Management (Mallee Prescribed Wells Area) Regulations 2005

Natural Resources Management (Marne Saunders Prescribed Water Resources Area - Reduction of Water Access Entitlements) Regulations 2009

Natural Resources Management (Peake, Roby and Sherlock Prescribed Wells Area - Reduction of Water Access Entitlements) Regulations 2010

Natural Resources Management (Peake, Roby and Sherlock Prescribed Wells Area) Regulations 2005

Natural Resources Management (Transitional Provisions-Levies) Regulations 2005

Natural Resources Management (Western Mount Lofty Ranges - Prescribed Watercourses) Regulations 2005

Natural Resources Management (Western Mount Lofty Ranges - Prescribed Wells Area) Regulations 2005

Natural Resources Management (Western Mount Lofty Ranges - Surface Water Prescribed Area) Regulations 2005

Regulations Variation and Revocation (Natural Resources Management) Regulations 2005

Renmark Irrigation Trust Act 2009

Renmark Irrigation Trust Regulations 2009

River Murray Act 2003

River Murray Regulations 2003

River Murray Waters Agreement Supplemental Agreement Act 1963

River Murray Waters (Dartmouth Reservoir) Act 1971

Roxby Downs (Indenture Ratification) Act 1982

Safe Drinking Water Act 2011

Safe Drinking Water Regulations 2012

South Australian Public Health Act 2011

South Australian Public Health (Legionella) Regulations 2013

South Australian Public Health (Wastewater) Regulations 2013

South Australian Water Corporation Act 1994

South Eastern Water Conservation and Drainage Act 1992

South Western Suburbs Drainage Act 1959 

Water (Commonwealth Powers) Act 2008

Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards (South Australia) Act 2013

Water Industry Act 2012 

Water Industry Regulations 2012

Water Resources Act 1997

Water Resources (Barossa Prescribed Water Resources Area) Regulations 2005

Water Resources (Far North Prescribed Wells Area) Regulations 2003

Water Resources (Lower Limestone Coast Prescribed Wells Area) Regulations 2004

Water Resources (Marne Saunders Prescribed Water Resources Area) Regulations 2005

Water Resources (McLaren Vale Prescribed Wells Area) Regulations 1990

Water Resources (Morambro Creek) Regulations 2001

Water Resources (Northern Adelaide Plains Prescribed Wells Area) Regulations 2004

Water Resources (Surface Water Prescribed Area - Clare Valley) Regulations 1999

Water Resources (Surface Water Prescribed Area - Morambro Catchment) Regulations 2001

Water Resources (Tintinara Coonalpyn Prescribed Wells Area) Regulations 2000

Water Agencies and Utilities 

Essential Services Commission of South Australia (ESCOSA) 

Office of the Technical Regulator (OTR) 

Environment Protection Authority (EPA) 

Department for Health and Ageing 

Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR) 

Natural Resources Management Boards(NRMB) - 8 regions including: 

All Utilities (licensed water industry entities) can be found on ESCOSA’s website.

Policy and planning 

ESCOSA – retail licensing

OTR – water and sewerage infrastructure

OTR – Plumbing  

EPA – Environment

DHA – recycled water

DHA – wastewater management

DHA – drinking water

DEWNR – catchment and resource planning (including River Murray)

NRM Boards– natural resource management, protection and restoration

DEWNR – water security

Tasmania 

Legislation - http://www.thelaw.tas.gov.au/index.w3p

Legislative Context

Water Management Act
Water Regulations
Review of the Water Management Act 1999
Irrigation Clauses Act 1973
The Environmental Management and Pollution Control Act 1994
Environmental Management and Pollution Control Act 1994

Environmental Management and Pollution Control (Underground Petroleum Storage Systems) Regulations 2010

Water and Sewerage Corporations Act 2008

Water and Sewerage Industry Act 2008 

Water Agencies and Utilities 

Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment Water Section

TasWater, Tasmania's water utility

Hydro Tasmania, Tasmania’s electricity generator and hydro power manager

Tasmanian Irrigation

Urban Water and Sewerage Sector overview

Local Government Water and Sewerage Profiles

Environmental Protection Authority

Policy 

A guide to water in Tasmania

Enforcement Policy for the Water Management Act 1999

Water Management Planning Process

Generic Principles for Water Management Planning
Draft Water Management Plans
Adopted Water Management Plans
Water Allocation Guidelines
Surface Water Allocation Decision Framework
Water and Sewerage Licensing
Water Accountability and Reporting Guidelines
State Policy on Water Quality Management 1997

Guidelines for Assessing Applications for Well Driller's Licences 
Guidelines for the Construction of Earth-Fill Dams
Guiding Principles for Water Trading
Draft Framework for Integrated Management of Groundwater and Surface Water in Tasmania
Tasmania's Wetlands Strategy

Tasmanian Aquifer Framework

Protected Environmental Values (PEVs) for Tasmanian Surface Waters

Boat Sewage Management Directives

Water Quality Objectives for Tasmania

Stormwater management in Tasmania

Australian Capital Territory 

Legislation - http://www.legislation.act.gov.au/

Northern Territory

Legislation - http://dcm.nt.gov.au/strong_service_delivery/supporting_government/current_northern_territory_legislation_database