Closure in 2014

The Australian Government announced the closure of the Commission in its 2014–15 Budget. On 25 September 2014, the Senate referred the National Water Commission (Abolition) Bill 2014 to the Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee for inquiry and report.

Submissions closed 13 October 2014. The reporting date is 24 November 2014.

Commission functions

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

The 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 relating 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.

Stakeholder views and related media articles

The Commission works in partnership with governments around Australia, as well as with peak bodies who are represented on our Stakeholder Reference Group. Many of these organisations have responded publicly to the decision to close the Commission.

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