Documents for industry review are listed here along with previous industry responses collated by qldwater. Members may contribute to documents currently under review by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
qldwater - Current Issues
CCE Workshop Report Final - Release Date 21-Nov-2017: - Final report on the Council Owned Water Services - Keeping Community Control workshop held in August 2017. The workshop considered current and alternative models for urban water and sewerage services (WSS) in Queensland in light of recommendations in various national reviews for reform of the local government water sector. (612KB)
Feedback on Consultation Regulatory Impact Statement Broadening and Enhancing Reef Protection - Release Date 09-Nov-2017: - This response is collated from submissions, phone interviews and discussion with members as well as the qldwater Sewage and Water Environmental Advice Panel (SWEAP) and Technical Reference Group. qldwater also encouraged individual members and QWRAP regions within the GBR to provide responses to the Department. (62KB)
qldwater Feedback on Draft PC Review October 2017 - Release Date 19-Oct-2017: - This response is collated from a limited number of written submissions, phone interviews and general discussion with members and the qldwater Technical Reference Group as well as the Steering Group for the Queensland Water Regional Alliances Program. The timeframe allowed for responses was insufficient to seek written feedback from a broad cross-section of the sector. We were unable to participate in public hearings due to the cancellation of the proposed Brisbane public hearing and scheduling d (650KB)
Draft qldwater Response to Productivity Commission Report - Release Date 12-Oct-2017: - This is the qldwater draft response to the Productivity Commission’s request for feedback on the Draft Report on National Water Reform.
In general the Draft Report is quite responsive to the input provided by the urban water sector in the past including previous formal submissions by qldwater and LGAQ. However, the draft recommendations raise a number of issues for the Qu (330KB)
STP Discharges in GBR Catchments - Release Date 22-Sep-2017: - qldwater industry discussion paper on sewage treatment plants in Great Barrier Reef catchments. (852KB)
Certification for Operators of Drinking Water Systems: WIST Options Paper - Release Date 29-Aug-2017: - A position paper prepared by the WIST as a means of encouraging and promoting a positive dialogue among the urban water industry, regulators and other stakeholders around next steps to progress certification for Operators of Drinking Water Systems. (828KB)
Response to Possible Amendments to Telecommunications Carrier Powers Consultation Paper - Release Date 29-Aug-2017: - qldwater response to "Possible amendments to telecommunications carrier powers and immunities consultation paper" - June 2017 (475KB)
qldwater submission on waste-related ERAs - Release Date 23-Aug-2017: - This document summarises feedback on the Review of the Regulated Waste Classification and Waste-related Environmentally Relevant Activity (ERA) frameworks. Feedback from the urban water sector was gained through discussions with members and written feedback from sewerage service providers. (138KB)
qldwater Submission Amendments to Telecommunications Carrier Powers - Release Date 21-Jul-2017: - qldwater response to "Possible amendments to telecommunications carrier powers and immunities consultation paper" - June 2017 (475KB)
DEHP Letter re Proposed Amendment to EP Regulation - Release Date 06-Jul-2017: - The Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (the department) proposes to amend the Environmental Protection Regulation 2008 (EP Regulation) in the coming months, to prescribe the inclusion of additional documents on the public register. This letter contains details of the proposed amendment. (67KB)
DEHP Response to Submission re End of Waste Code - Release Date 06-Jul-2017: - DEHP response to the qldwater submission on the End of Waste Framework (which proposed an End of Waste Code for biosolids). Notably, consideration of the Code has been deferred, until a time prior to the expiry of the transitional period which allows current BUAs to remain in force. (1031KB)
Discussion Paper on Enhancing regulations to ensure clean water for a healthy Great Barrier Reef - Release Date 21-Apr-2017: - Response from qldwater to EHP on behalf of the Queensland Water Sector on the Discussion Paper on Enhancing regulations to ensure clean water for a healthy Great Barrier Reef and a Prosperous Queensland. (248KB)
National Water Reform Response to Productivity Commission Issues Paper - Release Date 20-Apr-2017: - As noted in our eflash #312 (2 March) the Productivity Commission National Water Reform Inquiry released an issues paper outlining the scope of the inquiry.
Submissions to the Productivity Commission have now closed and qldwater has lodged a submission on behalf of our members. The submission can be read here. (418KB)
Advancing Skills for the Future - Release Date 04-Apr-2017: - Advancing Skills for the Future: A strategy for vocational education and training in Queensland - Queensland Water Directorate (qldwater) Feedback (360KB)
Submission on End of Waste Code for Biosolids from Sewage Treatment - Release Date 03-Apr-2017: - As discussed in our eFlash #308 from 9 February, a policy shift in EHP has brought beneficial reuse under a new ‘End of Waste Framework’ (https://www.ehp.qld.gov.au/waste/end-of-waste-framework.html).
The Department opened a consultation process asking all industries to provide feedback by the end of March 2017 on the need for End of Waste Codes for each sector.
qldwater has submitted this collated industry response on behalf of the water sector and our members. (211KB)
Urban Water Sector Feedback on Review of Offset Mechanism - Release Date 27-Mar-2017: - qldwater feedback submission on the review of the Urban Water Sector Policy for Nutrient Offsets. This has been collated from input by SEQ and regional sewerage service providers. (221KB)
State Benchmarking Report 2015-2016 - Release Date 24-Feb-2017: - The sixth annual Urban Potable Water and Sewerage Benchmarking Report produced by qldwater contains a suite of indicators and benchmarking data for 71 of Queensland’s urban water/sewerage utilities. (2160KB)
Critical Infrastructure Review - qldwater Submission - Release Date 09-Feb-2017: - Early in 2017 the Commonwealth Government established the Critical Infrastructure Centre, to manage the national security risks to Australia’s critical infrastructure. The Centre has released a discussion paper, providing an overview of the Government’s approach to critical infrastructure resilience and seeking submissions and comments from stakeholders. This is the qldwater submission to the Centre. (232KB)
STPs in GBR Catchments - Release Date 31-Jan-2017: - Draft Discussion Paper on discharges and costs to upgrade STPs in GBR catchments. This is a draft discussion paper, please send any comments or corrections to rfearon@qldwater,com.au. (1590KB)
Workforce Composition Snapshot Report 2016 - Release Date 16-Nov-2016: - Workforce Composition Snapshot Report 2016 (808KB)
Apprenticeships and Traineeships in Queensland: Queensland Water Directorate (qldwater) Submission 1 - Release Date 11-Nov-2016: - Positive Futures: Apprenticeships and Traineeships in Queensland: Queensland Water Directorate (qldwater) (364KB)
Waterval RO Validation Protocol for review - Release Date 25-Oct-2016: - Stakeholder comment is now being sought on the Waterval RO validation protocol on Reverse osmosis and nanofiltration.
Our members are encouraged review and provide comment on this document to Alan Kleinschmidt - email email@example.com and should be received by COB on Friday 4th November 2016. (1085KB)
qldwater response on Draft General BUA Biosolids - Release Date 18-Oct-2016: - qldwater response to DEHP public consultation on the Draft General Beneficial Use Approval for use of a
General BUA Response - qldwater - Release Date 19-Oct-2016: - qldwater response to EHP request for feedback on Draft General Beneficial Use Approval for biosolids. (94KB)
WaterVal™ Validation Trial Sites EOI - Release Date 12-Oct-2016: - The WaterVal validation framework was developed by the Australian Water Recycling Centre of Excellence to provide a nationally consistent approach to the validation of water treatment technologies.
WaterVal is urgently seeking expressions of interest from interested utilities to participate in on-the-ground trials of the currently endorsed protocols.
The completed table in Appendix 1 can be sent to:
Dr Simon Cashion, Program Manager, WaterVal via email: firstname.lastname@example.org. (466KB)
QWRAP Demand Management Case Studies - Release Date 24-Jan-2017: - For Queensland Water Service Providers the provision of safe, secure and sustainable urban water supply is a key challenge. This report showcases programs from regional Queensland that minimise the risks of demand management programs while managing demand for clearly defined council and community benefit. (1879KB)
Public consultation – Draft ERA standards - qldwater collated response - Release Date 20-May-2016: - Further to eFlash #284, the Department of Environment and Heritage public consultation period on minor amendments to the 20 prescribed ERA standards has closed.
The qldwater collated response from local government sewerage service providers on the proposed changes to the Standard Conditions for ERA 63(2) has now been submitted.
If you have questions, please contact Rob Fearon (0428 300 208). (87KB)
State Benchmarking Report 2014-2015 - Release Date 08-Mar-2016: - The 5th annual Urban Potable Water and Sewerage Benchmarking Report produced by qldwater contains a suite of indicators and benchmarking data for 58 of Queensland's Service Providers. The report provide comparative information to benchmark performance amongst similar sized service providers. (2082KB)
Building over Infrastructure - Letter to Minister - Release Date 03-Mar-2016: - Covering letter sent with The Building over infrastructure position paper above to the Minister for Housing and Public Works, The Hon Mick de Brenni. Members must log in to access this document. (191KB)
Building over Infrastructure Services - final position paper - Release Date 03-Mar-2016: - Final position paper which was endorsed by the qldwater Technical Reference Group on 26 February 2016. This position paper and the letter below has been provided to the Minister for Housing and Public Works, The Hon Mick de Brenni. Members must log in to access this document. (222KB)
State Infrastructure Plan Submission - December 2015 - Release Date 22-Dec-2015: - The submission reflects a brief review of the draft State Infrastructure Plan Parts A & B. This was submitted to the Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning in December 2015. (251KB)
Payroll Tax Rebate, Revenue and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2015 - Release Date 22-Apr-2015: - qldwater has lodged a submission to the Parliamentary Committee investigating the Payroll Tax Rebate, Revenue and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2015 which includes proposed amendments to water meter installation . LGAQ is also expected to also lodge their submission and we encourage members to consider submissions – unfortunately the deadline is unreasonably close - 27 April.
Information for lodging your submissions below. (1746KB)
2013-2014 Benchmarking Report - Release Date 27-Mar-2015: - The 4th annual Urban Potable Water and Sewerage Benchmarking Report produced by qldwater provide comparative information to benchmark performance against similar sized serviced providers. (2000KB)
Position Paper Meter Installation - February 2015 - Release Date 27-Feb-2015: - This position paper provides a brief update, up to and including legislative amendments which were passed in June 2014. It further details the qldwater position on any further legislative amendments resulting from a change of government – see Appendix B ‐ ALP policy document entitled “Plumbing Laws – Restoring high standards in the plumbing industry.” (1027KB)
Trade Waste Position Paper - January 2015 - Release Date 27-Feb-2015: - qldwater Position Paper on Trade Waste Legislation and the need for Trade Waste Management Plans. (231KB)
Sewage Pump Stations Code of Practice draft for review - Release Date 03-Feb-2015: - Significant changes have been made to the regulation covering sewerage infrastructure and consultation in the first half of 2014 resulted in a response from the water industry to transition to a Code of Practice.
This Code has been drafted by qldwater with input from the industry expert group and an initial review by EHP.
Please provide comments to email@example.com (or r (90KB)
Letter to Building Codes Queensland August 2014 - Release Date 07-Aug-2014: - Letter regarding the proposed amendments to the Queensland Development Code MP1.4 as notified through BCQ e-lert on 4 July 2014. This submission represents a summarised response and a partially consolidated industry view on the proposed changes. (454KB)
qldwater Position Paper Pump Station Regulation - Release Date 01-Apr-2014: - The regulation of sewage pump stations has been problematic for Queensland service providers since its introduction in 2009. Continued negotiation with the Regulator has resulted in current Regulation becoming increasingly practical, but in early 2014 the Department proposed a dramatic change in the way that this issue is managed. The proposal is for an Industry Code of Practice which could have significant benefits for sewage service providers but also create new risks. (112KB)
Certification Drinking Water Operator Certification Discussion Paper August 2014 - Release Date 05-Aug-2014: - Implementation of the proposed National Certification Framework 2012 - Operators within Drinking Water Treatment Systems Final Report - Incorporating results of the Pilot Program to investigate costs, benefits and key issues. (938KB)
2012-2013 Benchmarking Report - Release Date 24-Jun-2014: - Queensland’s Urban Potable Water and Sewerage Benchmarking Report 2012/13 This is the third annual Urban Potable Water and Sewerage Benchmarking Report to be produced by qldwater for Queensland. (1515KB)
qldwater submission Water Supply Services Legislation Amendment Bill 2014 - Release Date 28-Feb-2014: - qldwater submission into the draft Water Supply Services Legislation Amendment Bill 2014 (the Bill). This submission provides commentary against each stated objective in the Bill as it impacts those members. (166KB)
Water Security for South East Queensland - Release Date 16-Jan-2014: - Industry feedback on Water Security for South East Queensland - discussion paper on the review of level of service objectives, October 2013. (463KB)
2014 TA Submission to National Water Commission - Release Date 15-Nov-2013: - National Water Commission Urban Review
Urban Water Futures Discussion Paper, October 2013 and adjunct to the “Implementing the National Water Initiative: 2014 Triennial Assessment of water reform progress in Australia”
15 November 2013 (539KB)
qldwater Contents for Industry Guidelines for Pump Stations - Release Date 16-Oct-2013: - This document provides a list of the issues to be covered in the industry guidelines for initial consultation with the industry and the Department relating to Standard Conditions for Sewage Pump Stations under ERA 63(2). (17KB)
2012 Workforce Composition Snapshot Report - Release Date 27-May-2013: - (3047KB)
qldwater Response to 30 Year Water Plan - Release Date 09-Apr-2013: - The Queensland Water Directorate (qldwater) response to the 30 Year Water Plan has been sent to the Department of Energy and Water Supply.
This response has been compiled by the Queensland Water Directorate (qldwater), representing the urban water sector.
The information in this response was collated from discussion and meetings with industry members from across the State, focussed strategic discussions with representative industry groups and surveys conducted by qldwater based on the themes of (359KB)
2011-2012 Benchmarking Report - Release Date 26-Mar-2013: - (1426KB)
submission to state development infrastructure and industry committee - Release Date 16-Jan-2013: - qldwater submission to State Development, Infrastructure and Industry Committee on the Queensland Audit Office Report to Parliament 14 for 2012-13: Maintenance of water infrastructure assets. (1015KB)
Queensland’s Urban Potable Water and Sewerage Benchmarking Report – Trial 2010/11 - Release Date 15-Oct-2012: - Queensland’s inaugural Urban Potable Water and Sewerage Benchmarking Report – Trial using 2010/11 data (1378KB)
MP1.4 Buildling over or near Relevant Water Infrastructure Draft (Att 1) - Release Date 18-Sep-2012: - Latest draft of MP1.4 for consultation. (196KB)
Wastewater Release to Queensland Waters - Release Date 01-Aug-2012: - Discussion paper released by the DEHP today for comment by the industry. This updates the previous version based on feedback from WSPs and other stakeholders. Feedback is required by 8 August and can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org for a collated response. (514KB)
ERA63 Industry Response to DERM - Release Date 08-Feb-2012: - Attached is a copy of an industry response to DERM about the ongoing ERA(63) negotiations. We have covered all of the remaining issues discussed at the last teleconference.
All feedback is welcomed (before this Friday 10th). (85KB)
Membership and Affiliate Policy - Release Date 25-Nov-2011: - qldwater policy on membership and partnering with affiliates. (36KB)
NMP 1.4 - Excavation and Piling near Sewers, Stormwater Drains & Water Mains - Industry Response - Release Date 25-Nov-2011: - Collated urban water industry comments from members document sent to Building Codes Queensland Division, DLGP. | (122KB)
Workforce Development Strategy - Urban Water 2008-2010 - Release Date 18-Nov-2011: - qldwater drafted a Workforce Development Strategy for discussion by the urban water industry. This document is one step in the larger program to repond to the request of members to create better access to accredited training in Qld. (246KB)
Industry Comments on Draft Pumping Station Guidelines - Release Date 30-Sep-2011: - The water industry was asked by DERM to provide comments on draft amendments to the Guidelines for Sewage Pumping Stations ERA 63(3). | Free download. | (73KB)
NMP 1.4 - Excavation and Piling near Sewers, Stormwater Drains and Water Mains - Release Date 21-Sep-2011: - See Plumbing Newsflash #480 on a proposal to mandate the current non-mandatory part 1.4 of the QDC 1.4. The Department of Local Government and Planning is seeking feedback on this proposal. Please provide comments by COB on Friday 4 November. Email comments to email@example.com "Attention: Mandating QDC NMP1.4"
qldwater is collating an industry response. If you would like to comment via this mechanism, please send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org by COB Friday 28 October. (61KB)
Plumbing Newsflash 480 - QDC 1.4 - Release Date 21-Sep-2011: - Plumbing Newsflash #480. | Comment sought on proposal to mandate the current Non-Mandatory Part 1.4 of the Queensland Development Code - Excavation and Piling Near Sewers, Stormwater Drains and Water Mains and have the Building and Development Dispute Resolution Committees (BDDRC) hear appeals on these matters. | (66KB)
DERM Draft Pump Station Guideline - for Comment - Release Date 02-Sep-2011: - (373KB)
qldwater Response to PC Inquiry Draft Report - Release Date 23-May-2011: - (138KB)
The Queensland Urban Water Industry Workforce Composition Snapshot 2010 - Release Date 21-Mar-2011: - Results of a survey of a cross-section of Queensland water and wastewater service providers showing size of the industry and workforce statistics. (1226KB)
Review of National Water Arrangements - Release Date 01-Dec-2008: - Brief overview of water institutional arrangements across Australia undertaken by qldwater on behalf of the Future of the Water Industry Taskforce. | Free member download. | (1034KB)
Water Fluoridation Regulation Draft - Release Date 31-Oct-2008: - A working Draft of the Water Fluoridation Regulation and there are a number of provisions within the draft which Queensland Health is aware will need more work prior to the draft being finalised. Provided for comment by Queensland Service Providers. (237KB)
10 Principles from Future of Water Industry Taskforce - Release Date 30-Sep-2008: - The Future of the Water Industry (outside SEQ) Taskforce met in Mackay in August 2008 and created general principles that should guide any future changes to the Local Government water industry. These principles were later endorsed by the LGAQ Executive Committee and presented to the Regulator. | Free member download. | (41KB)
Mackay Future of the Industry Meeting - Release Date 01-Sep-2008: - The Future of the Water Industry Outside SEQ Taskforce met in Mackay in August 2008 to discuss institutional models for the industry and general principles on future arrangements for the local government Water Industry. | Free member download. | (825KB)
Water Fluoridation Code of Practice - Release Date 31-Aug-2008: - The Water Fluoridation Code of Practice Draft was sent out to Councils from Queensland Health in mid 2008. The document was made available to qldwater members to provide comments. This document is attached for your feedback. (1386KB)
Draft Workforce Development Strategy. - Release Date 21-Jul-2008: - qldwater drafted a high-level Workforce Development Strategy in 2008 to seek comments from members. This is a broad strategic document but a number of actions are listed for further discussion. These initiatives aim to create a framework that will further enhance access to vocational and higher-education services for members in the short to medium terms. | Free download - for feedback. | (134KB)
Draft Position Paper on Property Service Demarcation - Release Date 27-Mar-2008: - A recurring dipute exists over the installation, ownership and responsibility for property service infrastructure managed by WSPs. This paper briefly details the current practice in Queensland, highlights the impacts of any change from this practice and proposes whole-of-industry solutions for avoiding ongoing debate over boundary defintions. (98KB)
Briefing on 2007 WOLA Bill - Release Date 17-Oct-2007: - Briefing from the State on Water and Other Legislation Ammendment Bill 2007. Received on 12/1007 and approved 16/10/07 with initial measures taking place on Jan 2008 and other phasing in over several years. (233KB)
Draft Australian Guidelines for Water Recycling - Release Date 10-Aug-2007: - The Environment Protection and Heritage Council and the Natural Resource Management Ministerial Council released draft Australian Guidelines for Water Recycling: Managing Health and Environmental Risks (Phase 2): Augmentation of Drinking Water Supplies, for public comment. (29KB)
Joint Response to Draft QPWC September 2007 - Release Date 18-Sep-2007: - Response from September 2007 to DLGPS&R on the draft Queensland Plumbing and Wastewater Code from qldwater and LGAQ. (40KB)
qldwater submission to Local Government Reform Commission - Release Date 06-Aug-2007: - The Queensland Water Directorate's response to the Commission was submitted by the deadline of 18 May 2007. Read our submission here. (69KB)
Industry Leader's comments on reforms - Patrick Murphy - Release Date 12-Jul-2007: - qldwater approached industry leaders for their views on institutional changes in SEQ and the LG reform process. This is the response from Patrick Murphy, Boonah Shire Council, which is one of the 17 Councils impacted by the changes to SEQ institutional arrangements. Patrick is the Vice President and Treasurer of the Institute of Public Works Engineers Queensland and this year was voted Engineer of the Year by his peers. | Free member download. | (74KB)
Draft Appendices for WEMP Guidelines outside SEQ - Release Date 28-Jun-2007: - Appendices for Draft WEMP guidelines outside SEQ. Provided for comment by Service Providers. (415KB)
Draft Guidelines for Businesses Preparing a WEMP Outside SEQ - Release Date 28-Jun-2007: - Draft guidelines for comments by service providers. (147KB)
Preliminary Advice on Impact of Amalgamations on Other Obligations - Release Date 22-Jun-2007: - Preliminary information colated by qldwater on the impacts of Local Government Reforms and SEQ insitutional changes on mandatory water savings targets and domestic bore restrictions. | Free member download. | (144KB)
Preliminary Advice on Impact of Reforms on Subsidies - Release Date 22-Jun-2007: - Business Water-use Efficiency Program. |
Water and Sewerage Program. |
Smaller Communities Assistance Program. |
Total Management Plans. |
STP upgrade program. | Free member download. | (136KB)
Preliminary Advice on Impacts of Amalgamations on Ch 3 Requirements - Release Date 22-Jun-2007: - Preliminary information collated by qldwater on the impacts of Local Government Reforms and SEQ insitutional changes on...
Strategic Asset Managment Plans and Audits. |
Drought Management Plans. |
System Leakage Management Plans. |
Water Efficiency Managment Plans. | Free member download. | (158KB)
Joint industry response on management of domestic bores - Release Date 12-Jun-2007: - Response to State's proposed policy reforms for management of domestic bores (68KB)
Industry Leader's comments on reforms - Andrew Ryan - Release Date 31-May-2007: - The Queensland Water Directorate approached a number of industry leaders for their comments and views on the current upheaval of the Queensland Water Industry as a result of changes in SEQ and the LG reform process. This is the response from Andrew Ryan, Director of City Assets, Caloundra City Council and member of the IPWEAQ Board. (38KB)
Industry Leader's comments on reforms - David Wiskar - Release Date 31-May-2007: - The Queensland Water Directorate approached a number of industry leaders for their comments and views on the current upheaval of the Queensland Water Industry as a result of changes in SEQ and the LG reform process. This is the response from David Wiskar - Executive Manager, Wide Bay Water and Chair of the Technical Reference Group of the Queensland Water Directorate. | Free member download. | (38KB)
Industry Leader's comments on reforms - Shaun Cox - Release Date 31-May-2007: - qldwater approached industry leaders for their views on institutional changes in SEQ and the LG reform process. This is the response from Shaun Cox, Director Gold Coast Water, member of the SEQ Water Technical Committee and Chair of the Board of the Water Services Association of Australia. | Free member download. | (31KB)
qldwater Response to Local Government Reform Commission - Release Date 29-May-2007: - qldwater's response to the Commission was brief and focussed on three broad issues, with the aim of complementing the submissions of our members. Read our submission here. (138KB)
Draft Policy Paper on Domestic Bore Management - Release Date 10-Apr-2007: - The purpose of this paper is to outline the Dept of Natural Resources & Water's proposed policy position in relation to regulation and management of domestic bores. (284KB)
Greywater legislation change overview - Release Date 29-Sep-2006: - Rapid change in legislation governing release of grey water occured in 2006/07 and this fact sheet was created to update members on the changes taking place. (286KB)
qldwater response on Greywater opt-in legislation - Release Date 10-Feb-2006: - In 2006 the law changed to allow Service providers to opt-in to allow grey water in sewered areas. qldwater facilitated a joint industry response and industry survey. (202KB)