Water Management Act 2000
The Water Management Act 2000 was passed by the NSW Parliament in December 2000. Establishing a completely new statutory framework for managing water in NSW. For the first time, NSW had comprehensive water legislation to guide water management activities.
The Water Management Act 2000 is based on ecologically sustainable development, in other words development today that will not threaten the ability of future generations to meet their needs.
Since being passed in 2000, some amendments have been made in order to implement it and give effect to the National Water Initiative (NWI) signed on 25 June 2004.
Water Act 2007
The Water Act 2007 commenced on 03 March 2008 and implemented key reforms for water management in Australia.
Key features of the Act are:
- The Act establishes the Murray-Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) with the function and power to ensure that Basin water resources are managed in an integrated and sustainable way.
- Requires the MDBA to prepare the Basin Plan.
- Establishes the Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder (CEWH) as manager of the Commonwealth's environmental water.
- Provides the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) with a key role in developing and enforcing water charge and water market rules, agreed in the NWI.
- Gives the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) water information functions, addition to existing functions under the Meteorology Act 1955.