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National Water Reform

Draft report being prepared

What is an inquiry?

  • Why the inquiry?
  • Issues paper
  • Draft report
  • Final report

What we’ve been asked to look at

Under the Water Act 2007 (Cth), the Commission is required to undertake three-yearly inquiries into the progress of reform in Australia’s water resources sector. This is the second such inquiry. It will look at the progress of all Australian governments in achieving the objectives, outcomes and timelines of reform directions proposed in the 2004 Intergovernmental Agreement on a National Water Initiative (NWI). Practical advice will also be provided on ways in which the NWI might be improved.

Read the Terms of Reference Media release

Issues paper release and initial submissions

The Commission released an issues paper to guide people in preparing a submission. It set out some of the issues and questions the Commission has identified as relevant at the early stage of the inquiry. Participants should provide evidence to support their views, including data and specific examples where possible.

Initial submissions were due 21 August 2020.

Read the issues paper

Draft report release

The Commission will seek further information and feedback following the expected release of a draft report in early 2021.

Final report to Government and release

The final inquiry report is to be handed to the Australian Government in mid-2021.

The release of the final report by the Government is the final step in the process.

Under the Productivity Commission Act 1998, the Government is required to table the report in each House of the Parliament within 25 sitting days of receipt.

Next milestone

Draft report to be released in early 2021


Who are the Commissioners?

Jane Doolan
Drew Collins
Associate Commissioner

Who to contact

Marianna Olding (Administrative matters)
Ph: 03 9653 2194

Lou Will (Other matters)
Ph: 03 9653 2224


Free call: 1800 020 083

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