IPART administers the licensing of private water utilities in NSW under the Water Industry Competition Act (WIC Act). The WIC Act and policy development are administered by the Department of Planning and Environment.
The WIC Act seeks to encourage competition in relation to the supply of water and the provision of sewerage services and to facilitate the development of infrastructure for the production and reticulation of recycled water, and for other purposes.
A corporation (other than a public water utility) must obtain a licence to construct, maintain or operate any water industry infrastructure, to supply water (potable or non-potable) or provide sewerage services by means of any water industry infrastructure. See Overview of Licensing regime under the Water Industry Competition Act 2006. Some presentations setting out the licensing regime, licence exemptions and licence plans and audits are attached for your information.
NSW Health also provides information on water recycling.