Terms of Reference

Inquiry into Water Licences and Rights

Terms of Reference

The ability of the Commonwealth, across state borders, to sustainably manage water resources in the national interest, with particular reference to:

a. the issuing, and sustainability of water licences under any government draft resource plans and water resource plans;

b. the effect of relevant agreements and Commonwealth environmental legislation on the issuing of water licences, trading rights or further extraction of water from river systems;

c. the collection, collation and analysis and dissemination of information about Australia's water resources, and the use of such information in the granting of water rights;

d. the issuing of water rights by the states in light of Commonwealth purchases of water rights; and

e. any other related matters.

For further information, contact:

Committee Secretary
Senate Standing Committee on Environment, Communications and the Arts
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone:+61 2 6277 3526
Fax:+61 2 6277 5818


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