The Water Industry Competition Amendment Act 2021 (WIC Amendment Act) was assented to by Parliament on 1 November 2021. The WIC Amendment Act makes significant changes to the Water Industry Competition Act (2006) (WIC Act). These changes have not commenced. The WIC Amendment Act refined the changes made by the Water Industry Competition Amendment (Review) Act 2014, passed in October 2014 (but never commenced).

IPART is currently working with the Metropolitan Water & Utilities Branch of the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) on a revised Water Industry Competition (General) Regulation 2021 to implement the changes. The new Regulation is anticipated to be gazetted on 1 September 2022.

The WIC Amendment Act will commence when the new Regulation commences, and has transitional arrangements for existing licensees.

We will continue to update our website with information regarding the WIC Amendment Act and new Regulation.

Please subscribe to the Water Industry IPART updates if you would like to receive email notifications once the WIC Amendment Act commences. This will keep you updated on the WIC Act, WIC Reg, licence applications made under the WIC Act, Public Water Utilities, and issues related to water pricing.