Tabled legislation

The Government introduced the Water and Sewerage Tasmania Bill 2017 and the Water and Sewerage Tasmania (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2017 in​to Parliament on 8 August 2017.

The Bills tabled on 8 August 2017 ​can be viewed on the Parliament of Tasmania website - Water and Sewerage Tasmania Bill 2017 and Water and Sewerage Tasmania (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2017.

An overview of each Bill is provided below. Answers to common questions can be accessed here.

Water and Sewerage Tasmania Bill 2017

The Bill establishes a new Government Business Enterprise to be responsible for providing the water and sewerage services in Tasmania that are currently provided by TasWater.  As a GBE, the new government business does not operate under Corporations Law. Instead, the governance arrangements and other requirements of the new government business are contained in the Government Business Enterprises Act 1995.   

The Bill requires the new government business to develop a 10 year infrastructure investment plan, which requires the approval of the Treasurer and the Minister for Primary Industries and Water. The Bill also gives powers of direction over the new government business to the Treasurer and the Minister for Primary Industries and Water.

The Bill also sets out the arrangements for payments to councils.

The Bill prohibits the privatisation of the new government business.

Water and Sewerage Tasmania (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2017

The Water and Sewerage Tasmania (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Bill sets out the revised economic regulation in Tasmania's water and sewerage industry.

Under the current arrangements in the Water and Sewerage Industry Act 2008, the Tasmanian Economic Regulator is responsible for all aspects of economic regulation of TasWater. This includes prices of water and sewerage services to customers, and non-price regulation that includes customer service standards and policies in areas such as developer charges, metering and trade waste charges. 

The Bill transfers responsibility of pricing by the new government business to the Treasurer.      

The Bill requires the Regulator to continue to be responsible for all non-price economic regulation. All customer service standards, codes and policies of the new government business, or any other regulated entity, require the approval of the Regulator.

The Bill does not provide any rights of exclusivity to the new government business.  As now, other entities can be licensed to provide water and sewerage services in Tasmania and they would be regulated by the Regulator.  It is only the pricing provisions as they apply to the new business that are the responsibility of the Treasurer.

The Bill contains transitional arrangements for pricing for the first three years which involves the new government business being required to comply with a price and service plan.

 

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