Water Amendment (Water for the Environment Special Account) Bill 2012

Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities
Originating house
House of Representatives
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Further to the Water Amendment (Long-term Average Sustainable Diversion Limit Adjustment) Bill 2012, the bill amends the Water Act 2007 to: establish the Water for the Environment Special Account for a 10-year period from the 2014-15 financial year to acquire additional environmental water entitlement and to remove constraints on the efficient use of environmental water for the Murray-Darling Basin Plan; and provide for independent reviews to be conducted in 2019 and 2021.


House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 31 Oct 2012
Second reading moved 31 Oct 2012
Second reading debate 27 Nov 2012
Second reading debate 28 Nov 2012
Second reading agreed to 28 Nov 2012
Consideration in detail debate
  • Amendment details: 7 Government agreed to
28 Nov 2012
Third reading agreed to 28 Nov 2012
Introduced and read a first time 29 Nov 2012
Second reading moved 29 Nov 2012
Second reading debate 05 Feb 2013
Second reading debate 06 Feb 2013
Second reading agreed to 06 Feb 2013
Committee of the Whole debate 06 Feb 2013
Third reading agreed to 07 Feb 2013
Text of bill as passed both Houses 07 Feb 2013
  • Act no.: 3
  • Year: 2013
15 Feb 2013

Documents and transcripts

Text of bill

Explanatory memoranda

Proposed amendments

House of representatives


Schedules of amendments

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Bills digest


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Text of bill

  • First reading: Text of the bill as introduced into the Parliament
  • Third reading: Prepared if the bill is amended by the house in which it was introduced. This version of the bill is then considered by the second house.
  • As passed by both houses: Final text of bill agreed to by both the House of Representatives and the Senate which is presented to the Governor-General for assent.

Explanatory memoranda

  • Explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and provides an explanation of the content of the introduced version (first reading) of the bill.
  • Supplementary explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and explains amendments proposed by the government to the bill.
  • Revised explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and explains the amended version (third reading) of the bill. It supersedes the explanatory memorandum.

Proposed amendments

Circulated by members and senators when they propose to make changes to the bill. For details about the outcome of proposed amendments please refer to either the Votes and Proceedings (House of Representatives) or the Journals (Senate).

Schedules of amendments

Schedules of amendments list amendments agreed to by the second house are communicated to the first house for consideration. Subsequent action by either house may also be included in a schedule.

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