Adequacy of the regulatory framework governing water use by the extractive industry

17 October 2018

© Commonwealth of Australia 2018
ISBN 978-1-76010-855-7

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Committee membership (PDF 23KB)

Committee members
Committee secretariat

Abbreviations (PDF 7KB)
List of recommendations (PDF 16KB)
Chapter 1 - Introduction (PDF 52KB)

Structure of this report
Key terms used in this report
Recent related inquiries

Chapter 2 - Background (PDF 461KB)

Australia's underground water systems
Australia's water users
Methods of water use by the extractive industry

Regulatory framework for use of underground water (PDF 192KB)

Issues and gaps identified in current Commonwealth regulatory systems

Chapter 4 - Impacts of water extraction (PDF 792KB)

Environmental impacts
Economic impacts
Social impacts
Cultural impacts for Aboriginal communities
Beneficial impacts

Chapter 5 - Committee view (PDF 41KB)

Amendments to the EPBC Act
Bilateral agreements
Compliance with current Commonwealth conditions
The National Water Account
Baseline modelling
Bioregional assessments
Lack of research impacting regulatory decisions
The National Water Initiative
Abandoned mines

Australian Greens' additional comments (PDF 20KB)

Concerns about coal and unconventional gas developments
The impact of coal mining on water resources
Non-compliance of existing projects
Water resource modelling and bioregional assessments
'Associated water' use

Coalition Senators' dissenting report (PDF 15KB)
Appendix 1 - Submissions, tabled documents and answers to questions on notice (PDF 10KB)
Appendix 2 - Public hearings and witnesses (PDF 12KB)

Committee Secretariat contact:

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

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