The Water Industry Competition Act 2006 (WICA) aims to encourage private-sector investment and innovation in the water and wastewater industries. It establishes a regime for third-party access to certain water infrastructure services in New South Wales.

WICA makes IPART responsible for:

  • administering certain aspects of the WICA licensing regime, including:
    • making recommendations to the Minister for Water, Property and Housing on applications for network operator and retail supplier licences;
    • enforcing licences, including imposing penalties for contraventions; and
    • monitoring and reporting to the Minister for Water, Property and Housing on the extent to which each licensed network operator and retail supplier complies with its licence conditions;
  • making recommendations to the Minister for Customer Service on applications for, or for the revocation of, coverage declarations with regard to infrastructure services;
  • approving access undertakings submitted by infrastructure service providers;
  • arbitrating access disputes with regard to infrastructure services and sewer mining;
  • regulating prices of licensees declared as monopolies by the Minister for Water, Property and Housing; and
  • conducting investigations that enable IPART to exercise our responsibilities under WICA.

For more information about our role in this area, see Alternate Water Utilities (WICA).