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National Water Reform 2024

Interim paper being prepared

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  • Why the inquiry?
  • Call for submissions
  • Interim paper
  • Final report

What we’ve been asked to look at

The Commission will advise on the progress of all Australian governments in achieving the objectives, outcomes and timelines anticipated under the 2004 Intergovernmental Agreement on a National Water Initiative (NWI), consistent with the Water Act 2007 (Cth). This is the third inquiry the Commission has undertaken on the progress of water reform in Australia.

Read the Terms of Reference

Call for submissions

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

Submissions were due by Friday 2 February 2024

Read the call for submissions

Interim paper release

The Commission will seek further information and feedback following the expected release of an interim paper in April 2024.

Final report to Government and release

The final inquiry report is to be handed to the Australian Government in May 2024.

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

Interim paper release in April 2024.

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Who are the Commissioners?

Joanne Chong
Commissioner
Anne Poelina
Associate Commissioner

Who to contact

Tracey Horsfall
Ph: 02 6240 3261

Email: water.reform.2024@pc.gov.au

Free call: 1800 020 083

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