The Government's plan for reform of Tasmania's water and sewerage industry
On 7 March 2017, the Premier of Tasmania, the Hon Will Hodgman MP, announced the Tasmanian Government's plan to establish a new Government-owned entity to which responsibility for the State's water and sewerage industry will be transferred.
The announcement can be read in the Premier's Address 2017 – Building Tasmania's Future. Details of the plan are also included in the Treasurer's Ministerial Statement made on 8 March 2017 and in the Treasurer's presentation to the Local Government Association of Tasmania on 7 April 2017.
The Government's key reform objectives include the acceleration of improvements to Tasmania's water and sewerage infrastructure and to keep prices lower for customers than they otherwise would be under the current economic regulatory framework.
Infrastructure Tasmania has prepared a report on the Government's plan to accelerate infrastructure investment in Tasmania's water and sewerage industry, titled Accelerated infrastructure
investment delivery in
Tasmania's water and
Legislation to implement the Government's policy was tabled in Parliament on 8 August 2017.
More information abut the Government's plan is included in the Government's submission to the Legislative Council Select Committee Inquiry into TasWater Ownership and the Government's submission to the Productivity Commission's National Water Reform public inquiry.
Following enactment of the new legislation, TasWater will continue to provide all regulated water and sewerage services until the new government business commences its operations.