Review of the Water Act 2007

On 12 May 2014, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment, Senator Simon Birmingham, announced an independent review of the Water Act 2007 (Cth) (Water Act).

Focus of the Review

This is the first review of the Water Act since it commenced on 3 March 2008.

The overarching focus of the Review is to consider whether the Water Act is delivering on its objectives effectively and with the minimum necessary regulatory burden imposed on the water industry, water managers and irrigators.

The Review will also address the mandatory terms of reference set out in section 253 of the Water Act, which focus on the extent to which the objectives and outcomes of the Basin Plan and related reforms are being met.

Expert Panel

An independent Expert Panel has been appointed to conduct the Review and report to the Parliamentary Secretary by November 2014. The Expert Panel will be led by Mr Eamonn Moran PSM QC (Chair) and supported by Mr Peter Anderson, Mr Gavin McMahon and Dr Steve Morton. The Department of the Environment (the Department) will provide secretariat support for the Expert Panel.


Interested parties were invited to make submissions by 4 July 2014 on matters to be considered during the Review. On behalf of the Expert Panel, the Department would like to thank all parties who have made submissions for consideration in the Review. The submissions are available below.