Water Amendment Bill 2015 [Provisions]

8 September 2015

© Commonwealth of Australia 2015
ISBN 978-1-76010-290-6

View the report as a single document - (PDF 283KB)

View the report as separate downloadable parts:

Committee membership (PDF 21KB)
Chapter 1 - Introduction (PDF 65KB)

Conduct of the inquiry
Overview of the Bill

Chapter 2 - Issues raised in evidence (PDF 136KB)

1500 gigalitre per year limit
Additional 450 gigalitres per year for the environment through efficiency measures
Indigenous concerns
Committee view

Australian Greens' Dissenting Report (PDF 37KB)

Need for certainty
Requirement for certainty
The Cap
Confusing Definitions
Flexibility for farmers to sell and diversify
Financially irresponsible
Extension of Water for Environment Special Account funding

Appendix 1 - Submissions, tabled documents and answers to questions taken on notice (PDF 15KB)

Tabled documents
Answers to questions taken on notice

Appendix 2 - Public hearings (PDF 12KB)

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

About this inquiry

The Bill proposes to:

amend the Water Act 2007 to impose a duty on the Commonwealth not to exceed the 1500 GL limit on surface water purchases in the Murray-Darling Basin at the time of entering into a water purchase contract; and

amend the Murray-Darling Basin Plan 2012 to provide increased flexibility in the recovery of 450 GL of water through efficiency measures funded under the Water for the Environment Special Account.

Past Public Hearings

27 Aug 2015: ADELAIDE