We are proposing to introduce an obligation on water businesses to report to the Essential Services Commission on breaches of our Water Industry Standards.
Proposal to amend the Water Industry Standards
Draft Decision20 November 2023
Submissions close20 December 2023
Final DecisionFebruary 2024
Proposed amendments to Water Industry Standards
We are proposing to update our urban and rural Water Industry Standards to strengthen our reporting framework.
The proposed amendments include:
- introducing a new obligation on water businesses to report to us in a timely manner when they identify an actual or potential non-compliance in relation to the Water Industry Standards.
- amending the current family violence clause to make it clear that a water business must take action to assist customers affected by family violence, in addition to having a family violence policy.
These proposed amendments are part of a series of measures the commission will put in place to strengthen and provide consistency in how water businesses interpret their compliance obligations.
The introduction of a formal reporting obligation will provide clarity to water businesses and lead to a consistent and timely approach to self-reporting across the sector. The commission will then be able to engage early with water businesses and other stakeholders to provide timely advice on appropriate treatment and response to emerging situations while maintaining a focus on better customer outcomes.
The proposed amendments to the family violence clause better reflect how water businesses operationalise their current obligations as well as ensure the commission is able to monitor and assess water business compliance with the family violence customer protections.
Have your say on our draft decision
Stakeholders are invited to provide feedback on our draft decision via email to email@example.com until 5pm on 20 December 2023.
From early 2024, we will work with the water industry and other interested stakeholders to develop a guideline that supports water businesses to further operationalise these obligations, the classification of non-compliance including detail on when and how to report potential or actual non-compliance to the commission.
We propose for the amendments to take effect from 1 March 2024.