Water pricing principles

Status
In progress

Our pricing principles guide us in assessing the level and structure of prices, when we make recommendations to the Queensland Government about pricing practices relating to monopoly water supply activities. The principles may also provide guidance to other water suppliers.

The principles are generally intended to promote economic efficiency and social equity in the supply and use of water and water supply infrastructure. This aim is consistent with our regulatory obligations.  

We consider it important for our pricing principles to be transparent and predictable, so that stakeholders can maintain confidence in our decision-making and benefit from reduced regulatory costs.

We may refine these principles in future, as necessary, to take account of technological or institutional changes that alter our regulatory framework.


2020 review

We are currently reviewing our Statement of Regulatory Pricing Principles for the Water Sector (December 2000).

We released a draft statement for stakeholder comment in November 2020 with submissions due by 29 January 2021.

All submissions received are available below.

We will finalise our review after considering all the stakeholder feedback received.

Reports and papers

Title Document
05 February 2021 Submission BRIA Irrigators Ltd submission pdf, 185.34 Kb
05 February 2021 Submission Bundaberg Regional Council submission pdf, 880.55 Kb
08 February 2021 Submission Canegrowers submission pdf, 6.08 Mb
05 February 2021 Submission Central Highlands Regional Council submission pdf, 3.30 Mb
05 February 2021 Submission Eton Irrigation submission pdf, 164.19 Kb
05 February 2021 Submission GAWB submission pdf, 310.39 Kb
05 February 2021 Submission Logan City Council submission pdf, 595.42 Kb
05 February 2021 Submission QFF submission pdf, 242.69 Kb
05 February 2021 Submission Redland City Council submission pdf, 82.31 Kb
05 February 2021 Submission Seqwater submission pdf, 485.31 Kb
05 February 2021 Submission Don Stewart submission pdf, 31.64 Kb
05 February 2021 Submission Sunwater submission pdf, 303.85 Kb
05 February 2021 Submission Joseph Tam submission pdf, 39.49 Kb
05 February 2021 Submission Unitywater submission pdf, 1.04 Mb
05 February 2021 Submission Urban Utilities submission pdf, 262.67 Kb
Title Document
03 November 2020 Draft report Draft statement of regulatory pricing principles for the water sector pdf, 392.39 Kb

Existing water pricing principles (December 2000)

We published our existing Statement of Regulatory Pricing Principles for the Water Sector in December 2000.

These pricing principles largely reflect outcomes associated with the operation of competitive markets but also seek to take account of a wide range of other public interest matters. We considered that prices should be cost-reflective and forward-looking, ensure revenue adequacy and promote sustainable investment.

We commissioned reports from various consultancies (available below) to contribute to the development of the consolidated statement of pricing principles.

Reports and papers

Title Document
07 December 2000 Final report Statement of regulatory pricing principles for the water sector (December 2000) pdf, 348.08 Kb
Title Document
07 December 2000 Consultant report Third party access pricing issues pdf, 46.83 Kb
07 December 2000 Consultant report Transferred Infrastructure and Gifted Capital pdf, 46.28 Kb
07 December 2000 Consultant report Urban Water Pricing Principles pdf, 175.76 Kb
07 December 2000 Consultant report Urban Water Pricing – Asset optimisation pdf, 115.80 Kb