Under the QCA Act, the Queensland Competition Authority's roles in relation to the water industry are to:
investigate and report on the pricing practices of certain declared monopoly or near monopoly business activities of State and local governments
receive, investigate and report on competitive neutrality complaints
mediate and/or arbitrate access disputes and water supply disputes
investigate and report on matters relevant to the implementation of competition policy (section 10(e) of the QCA Act).
A business activity may be declared a government monopoly business activity either by regulation or by Ministerial declaration.
The main sources of regulation relevant to our role in the water sector are: