Latest Updates

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Early childhood education and care review update

Our Interim Report will be published on 20 October 2023.

Registrations are now open to join our online public hearing on Monday 30 October 2023 from 10:30am to 1pm to give feedback on the Interim Report draft findings and draft recommendations.

You will also be able to provide feedback via our survey or make a submission in response by 17 November.

Deborah Cope
Tribunal Member Deborah Cope to Retire

Chair Carmel Donnelly PSM announced earlier this year that Tribunal member Deborah Cope will retire in October.

"I would like to thank her for her service to NSW as a Tribunal member and pay tribute to her significant contribution," said Ms Donnelly.

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Independent Market Monitoring Review

We've published a paper setting out how we propose to undertake our market monitoring review of the childcare sector market.

We welcome your feedback specifically on the measures and performance indicators proposed in our methodology paper.

You can do this by making a submission by 3 October 2023.

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WaterNSW Operating Licence review

We have released an Issues Paper and are seeking feedback on potential changes to the WaterNSW Operating Licence.

Stakeholders, including WaterNSW customers who use their services are invited to make comment on the issues we have identified and anything else that matters to them.

We have advised Transport for NSW of maximum fares for private ferries for 2023 in accordance with our December 2021 determination.

Our determination includes a fuel adjustment mechanism for all ferry operators, which is triggered if fuel costs change by more than 10% in a year. 

This year, we found that diesel prices increased by 44% in the 12 months to September 2022. As this is more than the 10% threshold, the fuel adjustment has been triggered and changes have been made to the fares accordingly.

Our December 2021 determination also included a CPI adjustment each year for the Brooklyn, Central Coast, Church Point, Clarence River and Cronulla and National Park Ferry services. We have calculated that the change in the CPI applicable to updating the current maximum fare is 7.0%, based on the quarter-on-quarter change in the CPI as at September 2022.

Ferry operators can choose to set their fare below the maximum fare. To obtain actual fares for different services you should contact the ferry operator directly.

Maximum fares for private ferry services in 2023 (including GST)

Operator Maximum fare in 2023
Brooklyn Ferry Service $10.30
Central Coast Ferries $9.40
Church Point Ferry Service $11.10
Clarence River Ferries $10.70
Cronulla and National Park Ferry Service $8.30
Captain Cook Cruises - Circular Quay to Lane Cove


Palm Beach Ferries - Mackerel Beach and the Basin $9.50
Palm Beach Ferries - Ettalong and Wagstaffe $14.70