qldwater keeps members up-to-date on legislation affecting the water and sewerage industry through:
- regular e flashes on legislative change (see Related Documents below), and
- our online Introduction to Legislation in the Queensland Water Industry
Contact Details for DEWS Dedicated Officers for Water Providers
In response to member requests, the Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy have provided a list of contact details for the Dedicated Officer in DNRME assigned allocated to various councils throughout Queensland.
The list will be updated regularly by DNRME and will be a point of reference for service providers wishing to contact their local DNRME representative directly. The contact list is available here. Members must log in first.
Regulatory Plans and KPIs
On 7 May 2014, parliament passed the Water Supply Services Legislation Amendment Bill 2014, paving the way for simplified regulation in Queensland. This followed a period of proliferation of statutory plans such as Strategic Asset Management Plans, Total Management Plans, System Leakage Management Plans, Drought Management Plans and Recycled Water Management Plans.
The following remain statutory requirements from 2014:
The legislative amendments in 2014 also introduced the requirement for a series of Key Performance Indicators to be reported to the Department of Natural Resources, Mines 7and Energy annually, commencing October 2015 for data captured from 1 July 2014.
The Bill also includes changes to recycled water, including the coverage of Recycled Water Management Plans and the requirement for a register of schemes.
qldwater strongly advocated for regulatory simplification for many years and while the solution is not perfect, it represents a substantial improvement on the status quo and industry was heavily consulted in the process.
In order to retain some record of the previous system, the following archived pages will remain available:
DEWS-Introduction-to-performance-outcome-framework - Release Date 21-Jul-2015: - (151KB)
DEWS-Comparative-Reporting - Release Date 21-Jul-2015: - As part of the Performance Reporting framework, the Department of Energy and Water Supply will prepare an annual comparative report based on data submitted by service providers in their annual performance report. It will compare the performance of water and sewerage providers across Queensland allowing customers to see how their service provider performs relative to similar providers and to allow benchmarking of similar service
DEWS-Factsheet-Performance-Reporting - Release Date 21-Jul-2015: - Department of Energy and Water Supply fact sheet on annual performance reporting. The comparative report aims to allow customers to see how their service provider
performs relative to similar providers and to allow benchmarking of similar service providers. (58KB)
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