This determination covers the period 1 October 2000 to 30 June 2003. Although the 1996 determination expired on 30 June 2000, the Tribunal decided to delay its decision on new prices for Sydney Water until October to align with its determination for the Sydney Catchment Authority (Catchment Authority).1 The Catchment Authority, which used to be an integrated part of Sydney Water, was established as a separate organisation in July 1999. As a result, Sydney Water must now purchase bulk water from the Catchment Authority, and the Tribunal’s determination on the price of this water will affect Sydney Water’s charges. The Tribunal therefore made a short-term determination which maintained Sydney Water’s existing charges from 1 July to 30 September 2000,2 when its pricing responsibility for the Sydney Catchment Authority began.