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Sydney Desalination Water Plant Prices

We are reviewing the maximum prices that Sydney Desalination Plant Pty Ltd can charge its customers from 1 July 2023.

The plant is Sydney’s only major rainfall-independent source of drinking water and can supply up to 15% of Greater Sydney’s daily water needs.

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NSW Biodiversity credits market

The Minister for Customer Service has directed IPART to monitor the NSW biodiversity credits market for the next three years.

The biodiversity credits market is used to offset the unavoidable impacts of development or clearing on biodiversity through the trading of like for like credits.

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Broken Hill water prices

We have released our Final Report on the prices Essential Water can charge for water and wastewater services in Broken Hill and the surrounding areas of Menindee, Sunset Strip and Silverton from 1 January 2023 to 30 June 2026.

Under our decisions, prices for water and wastewater services will remain stable for most customers, before inflation. 

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Household waste charges

We have released our Final Report on how we regulate NSW council domestic waste management annual charges.

Instead of a benchmark waste peg, our Final Report welcomes and accepts the regulatory approach proposed by the Office of Local Government. We also encourage councils to engage in effective community consultation on waste charges.

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Improving rail track access in NSW

We are seeking feedback on our draft recommendations for improving rail track access in NSW.

The existing rail access framework has been in place for 20 years. With the freight movements in metropolitan NSW set to double over the next 30 years, it is important that NSW has the right rail access framework for allowing third-party train operators to use the rail network.

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Higher energy prices hit consumers

We have released our draft report on the performance and competitiveness of the NSW retail energy market in the 2021-22 financial year.

The report found that the energy market is undergoing a period of volatility with higher retail energy prices.

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Review of rate peg methodology

IPART is reviewing the methodology we use to set the local government rate peg.

We have published an Issues Paper which sets out some of the important factors that affect how we set the rate peg, and some of the questions we have for stakeholders.

Media Release

This informs stakeholders of the release of the Issues Paper, invites submissions and announces our plan to hold a Publ

Media Release

This provides an overview of our decisions for our review of the maximum prices that Essential Water can charge for wat

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NSW Water Utilities Performance 2021-22
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TAHE Compliance Assessment - NSW Rail Network - 2021-22
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Monitoring the NSW Biodiversity Credits Markets
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