IPART seeks feedback on WAMC’s proposed water management costs and prices from 1 July 2021
The Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) is currently reviewing costs and prices for water management services provided by the Water Administration Ministerial Corporation (WAMC). Our review will set new prices to apply from 1 July 2021.
WAMC’s water management services are provided on its behalf by the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE), Water NSW (which also provides its own bulk water services under a separate, but concurrent IPART price review and determination), and the Natural Resources Access Regulator (NRAR).
WAMC proposes large increases in water planning, management and regulation costs. It has indicated these increases are needed to meet its customers’ priorities and provide a higher level of service than in the past.
IPART’s price review will focus on assessing whether WAMC’s proposed cost increases are justified. We will also consider what customers should pay, and how costs should be shared between customers and the NSW Government on behalf of the broader community.
We recognise that regional and rural customers and communities have endured a long and extreme drought, bushfires and the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. We will seek to balance a range of factors including the need to set prices that reflect efficient costs as well as customer bill impacts and affordability.
We released our Issues Paper on 15 September 2020, which identifies key issues for this price review. Detailed information on WAMC’s pricing proposals are available here. We encourage customers, communities and other stakeholders to make submissions to this Issues Paper. We will consider all comments made through our website and in submissions, which are due by 16 October 2020.
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IPART’s Issues Paper identifies key issues for this price review and seeks stakeholder feedback on specific questions. Stakeholders can make a submission to address these questions here.
Stakeholders can also provide comments or feedback in the box below.
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