Terms of Reference

On 16 March 2015 the Senate referred the following matter to the Environment and Communications References Committee for inquiry and report by 25 June 2015:

  1. the quantum of stormwater resource in Australia and impact and potential of optimal management practices in areas of flooding, environmental impacts, waterway management and water resource planning;
  2. the role of scientific advances in improving stormwater management outcomes and integrating these into policy at all levels of government to unlock the full suite of economic benefits;
  3. the role of stormwater as a positive contributor to resilient and desirable communities into the future, including 'public good' and productivity outcomes;
  4. model frameworks to develop economic and policy incentives for stormwater managment;
  5. model land use planning and building controls to maximise benefits and minimise impacts in both new and legacy situations;
  6. funding models and incentives to support strategic planning and investment in desirable stormwater management, including local prioritisation;
  7. asset management and operations to encourage efficient investments and longevity of benefit;
  8. the role of innovation in supporting desirable outcomes and transparent decision-making, including access to information and novel technologies for planning, design and implementation; and
  9. any related matters.

Committee Secretariat contact:

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

Phone: +61 2 6277 3526