The Water Industry Competition Act (2006) (WIC Act) was reviewed by the Metropolitan Water Directorate in 2014. As a result, extensive changes were recommended and passed by the Parliament in October 2014. These changes have not commenced.
IPART has been working with the Metropolitan Water & Utilities Branch of the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) on amendments to the WIC Act that refine the changes passed in October 2014. An amendment Bill is anticipated to be tabled in Parliament in 2020, but the timing is subject to any disruptions caused by the COVID-19 emergency. IPART is also working with DPIE on a revised Water Industry Competition (General) Regulation 2008 to implement the amendment Bill. The new Regulation is anticipated to be gazetted within 6-9 months of the amendment Bill.
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