Licensing: Private Sector
IPART administers the licensing of private water utilities in NSW under the Water Industry Competition Act (the Act). The Act and policy development are administered by the Department of Finance and Services.
The Act seeks to harness the innovation and investment potential of the private sector in the water and wastewater industries while also ensuring the continued protection of public health, consumers and the environment.
A corporation (other than a public water utility) must obtain a licence to construct, maintain or operate any water industry infrastructure, to supply water (potable or non-potable) or provide sewerage services by means of any water industry infrastructure. See Overview of Licensing regime under the Water Industry Competition Act 2006. Some presentations setting out the licensing regime, licence exemptions, licence plans and audits, and public health requirements are attached for your information.
Currently the Department of Finance and Services are reviewing the WICA licensing regime and major changes are proposed. Please find copies of our submission to the Discussion Paper in February 2013 and our submission to the Position Paper in March 2014.