Water Amendment (Review Implementation and Other Measures) Bill 2015

Agriculture and Water Resources
Originating house
House of Representatives
Parliament no

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Amends the Water Act 2007 in relation to: reviews and reporting requirements for the Basin Plan; accreditation of first generation state water resource plans with further accreditations linked to Basin Plan review outcomes; incorporation of Indigenous expertise and knowledge in the governance of the basin’s water resources; trading by the Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder; and the redundancy of the Murray-Darling Basin Water Rights Information Service; and technical and consequential amendments.


House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 03 Dec 2015
Second reading moved 03 Dec 2015
Second reading debate 09 Feb 2016
Second reading agreed to 09 Feb 2016
Third reading agreed to 09 Feb 2016
Introduced and read a first time 22 Feb 2016
Second reading moved 22 Feb 2016
Lapsed at prorogation 17 Apr 2016
Consideration of House of Reps message
  • Details: In response to a request from the House, the Senate agreed to resume consideration of the bill
02 May 2016
Second reading moved 02 May 2016
Second reading debate 02 May 2016
Second reading agreed to 02 May 2016
Committee of the Whole debate 02 May 2016
Third reading agreed to 02 May 2016
Finally passed both Houses 02 May 2016
  • Act no: 40
  • Year: 2016
04 May 2016

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Explanatory memoranda

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  • Supplementary explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and explains amendments proposed by the government to the bill.
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