Strategic Review of the Water Act 2000

  • Overview

The Department of Natural Resources and Mines reviewed the Water Act 2000 to ensure Queensland has an efficient water management framework that facilitates water resource development opportunities while balancing social, economic and environmental outcomes. Through the proposed reforms the Department aims to:

  • increase security, certainty and flexibility for water users
  • review and streamline the water resource planning process to remove duplication and rationalise timeframes
  • accelerate the release of unallocated water reserves and enable responsible development of the state's water resources
  • identify ways to further establish open water markets across Queensland
  • manage the impact of the resources sector on groundwater
  • simplify requirements for water entities and trusts.

The Department prepared a Consultation Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) which sought comment on the proposed reforms. Following public consultation, the Department prepared a Decision RIS which considers and responds to submissions received. 

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