Closure in 2014

Closure of the Commission

The Australian Government announced the abolition of the National Water Commission in the 2014–15 Budget.

The National Water Commission (Abolition) Bill 2014 was tabled in the Senate on 24 September 2014 with an abolition date of 1 January 2015. The Bill did not pass during the Spring session of Parliament and at this time is expected to be reintroduced in the sitting period commencing in February 2015.

The National Water Commissioners remain in their roles.  The office at 95 Northbourne Avenue, Canberra has closed.  Information on the National Water Commission (Abolition) Bill 2014 can be found at


Commission functions

It is proposed that some of the National Water Commission's core functions are continued by other agencies.

The Abolition Bill transfers two statutory functions to the Productivity Commission: assessments of progress in the implementation of the NWI, and inquiry into the effectiveness of the implementation of the Murray–Darling Basin Plan and associated Basin State water resource plans. The Productivity Commission will also produce a biennial National Water Planning Report Card.

Monitoring and reporting on water markets will be addressed by the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences.

The Department of the Environment will take on the assessment roles in relation to the National Partnership Agreement on Implementing Water Reform in the Murray–Darling Basin and the Carbon Credits (Carbon Farming Initiative) Regulations 2011.

The Bureau of Meteorology will coordinate national performance reporting for urban water utilities in 2014–15.

Further information

For further information

The Hon. Kalene Maywald
Chair, National Water Commission
Telephone: 0412 445 865

From 1 January 2015:
Mr Richard McLoughlin
Acting Chief Executive Officer
Telephone: 02 6274 2345

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