IPART provides independent regulatory decisions and advice to protect the ongoing interests of the consumers, taxpayers and citizens of NSW.

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Review of prices for WaterNSW’s Rural Bulk Water Services from 1 July 2017 (formerly State Water Corporation)
ALERT: Date for Sydney public hearing changed to Tuesday 8 November 2016 – Sydney public hearing We have been required to change this date because the NSW Legislative Council has an Inquiry on 7 November - Inquiry into the augmentation of water supply for rural and regional New South Wales – which requires the participation of a number of key stakeholders common to our review, including WaterNSW. Further information on the Inquiry is available from here on the Parliament of New South Wales’ website. We apologise for any inconvenience the change in date may cause. Please note the dates for the Northern NSW (Moree) and Southern NSW (Coleambally) public hearings have not changed. We have commenced our review of the maximum prices that WaterNSW can charge for its monopoly bulk water services in rural areas. Prior to 1 January 2015, these services were provided by the former State Water Corporation. The prices we set for WaterNSW's services in this review will apply from 1 July 2017. IPART is accredited by the ACCC under the Commonwealth Government’s Water Charge (Infrastructure) Rules 2010 (WCIR) to set bulk water prices for WaterNSW within the Murray-Darling Basin (MDB).  We are required to conduct the price review in accordance with the requirements set out in the WCIR for valleys in the MDB.  This includes some customers in the Fish River Water Supply Scheme and the following valleys: 1. Border 2. Gwydir 3. Lachlan 4. Lowbidgee 5. Macquarie 6. Murray 7. Murrumbidgee 8. Namoi 9. Peel Our review of WaterNSW's prices for coastal valleys and some Fish River Water Supply Scheme customers is conducted under the IPART Act. The coastal valleys are: 1. Hunter  2. North Coast   3. South Coast
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We are the independent pricing regulator for water, public transport, local government, electricity and gas industries, as well as the licence administrator of water, electricity and gas and the scheme administrator and regulator for the Energy Savings Scheme. We also undertake reviews and investigations into a wide range of economic and policy issues and perform a number of other roles at the NSW Government’s request.


Price Regulation

Determining maximum regulated prices for water, energy, public transport, taxi fares and local government rates and development contributions.

Licensing and Compliance

Issuing licences and monitoring compliance for water and energy services to encourage competition, efficient use of resources and appropriate access to public infrastructure.

Special Reviews

Recommending improved pricing, efficiency, industry structure and competition reform to support economic growth.
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