Water regulation, including licensing and water use plans, aim to achieve sustainable environmental, economic and social outcomes from the management of water resources. Reforms have been made to strengthen regulation, compliance and enforcement.
This audit may examine how well the responsible agencies have responded to and implemented the recommendations from the Matthews reports (interim and final), and other external reviews, into water licencing, regulation and theft.
We plan to conduct this piece of work as part of a multi-volume series on the theme of water, including ‘place-based auditing’. To read about topics underway in 2020, refer to ‘Water security: water conservation in Greater Sydney’ and ‘Water security: regional town water infrastructure’.