IPART administers the licensing of private water utilities in NSW under the Water Industry Competition Act (the Act). The Act and policy development are administered by the Metropolitan Water Directorate.
The 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, licence plans and audits, and public health requirements are attached for your information.
Currently the Department of Finance and Services are reviewing the WICA licensing regime and major changes are proposed. Please find copies of our submission to the Discussion Paper in February 2013 and our submission to the Position Paper in March 2014.