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Information Publication Scheme

Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder (Commonwealth Environmental Water) is subject to the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act) and therefore is required to comply with the Information Publication Scheme established pursuant to Part 2 of the FOI Act.

In particular, section 8(2) of the FOI Act imposes an obligation on Commonwealth Environmental Water to publish the following information on its website:

  • an agency plan which describes how Commonwealth Environmental Water proposes to comply with the Information Publication Scheme requirements
  • details of Commonwealth Environmental Water's structure
  • details of its functions, including its decision making powers and other powers affecting members of the public
  • details of appointments of officers
  • Commonwealth Environmental Water 's annual reports
  • details of arrangements for members of the public to comment on specific policy proposals for which Commonwealth Environmental Water is responsible
  • information in documents to which Commonwealth Environmental Water routinely gives access in response to requests made under Part II of the FOI Act
  • information that Commonwealth Environmental Water routinely provides to the Parliament in response to requests and orders from the Parliament
  • details of an officer who can be contacted about access to Commonwealth Environmental Water 's information or documents under the FOI Act.

Commonwealth Environmental Water publishes the documents required to be published under the Information Publication Scheme on its website.

Agency Plan

Section 8(1) of the FOI Act imposes an obligation on Commonwealth Environmental Water to publish an agency plan which describes how Commonwealth Environmental Water proposes to comply with the Information Publication Scheme requirements. The agency plan is required to set out the following information:

  • the information Commonwealth Environmental Water proposes to publish under the Information Publication Scheme;
  • how, and to whom, Commonwealth Environmental Water proposes to publish the information, and
  • other steps Commonwealth Environmental Water will take to comply with the Information Publication Scheme requirements.

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What we do

The Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder is established under section 115 of the Water Act 2007 (Water Act) to manage the Commonwealth's environmental water holdings to protect or restore environmental assets in the Murray-Darling Basin (the Basin) and other areas where environmental water is held. The Commonwealth Environmental Water Office supports this statutory role.

Reports

Information published under this heading includes:

Consultation arrangements

Commonwealth Environmental Water publishes information on its website regarding consultation opportunities, including information about how and to whom comments may be submitted.

Current consultation are also available on the Commonwealth Environmental Water website.

Freedom of Information (including routinely requested information and disclosure log)

Information about how to make a FOI request and the address, telephone number and email address for a contact officer who can be contacted about access to Commonwealth Environmental Water's information and documents can be obtained on the Department of the Environment's (the Department) Freedom of Information page. In addition, information that has been released in response to a request for access to information made under the FOI Act can be obtained from the Department's disclosure log.

Operational information

Commonwealth Environmental Water publishes on its website a wide range of information used by Commonwealth Environmental Water to assist in the exercise of its functions and powers. This information is available under Commonwealth Environmental Water's publication page.

Queries relating to operational information may be directed to the Community Information Unit on 1800 803 772 or by email at ciu@environment.gov.au.