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Water Legislation Amendment (Inspector-General of Water Compliance and Other Measures) Bill 2021

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2019-2021

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

THE SENATE

 

 

 

 

 

Water Legislation Amendment (Inspector-General of Water Compliance and Other Measures) Bill 2021

 

 

(1)     Clause 2, page 2 (table), omit the table, substitute:

 

Commencement information

Column 1

Column 2

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Provisions

Commencement

Date/Details

1.  Sections 1 to 3 and anything in this Act not elsewhere covered by this table

The day this Act receives the Royal Assent.

 

2.  Schedules 1 to 3

A single day to be fixed by Proclamation.

A Proclamation must not specify a day earlier than the day after the day the Minister is satisfied that the amendments of the referred provisions to be made by this Act have been approved by all referring States. The Minister must announce by notifiable instrument the day the Minister is so satisfied.

However, if the provisions do not commence within the period of 6 months beginning on the day after the day the Minister is satisfied that the amendments of the referred provisions to be made by this Act have been approved by all referring States, they commence on the day after the end of that period. If the provisions commence in this way, the Minister must announce by notifiable instrument the day the provisions commenced.

 

3.  Schedule 4

The day after this Act receives the Royal Assent.

 

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(2)     Page 109 (after line 17), at the end of the Bill, add:

Schedule 4 Water register

   

Water Act 2007

Subclause 4(3) of Schedule 3

Repeal the subclause, substitute:

             (3)  All trades must be recorded on a water register as soon as practicable but no later than 30 days after the trade occurs.

          (3A)  For the purposes of subclause (3), a water register must:

                     (a)  include water trades from all Basin States; and

                     (b)  be published on a publicly available website; and

                     (c)  record information on a whole of catchment basis; and

                     (d)  record the following information in relation to each trade:

                              (i)  the date of the trade;

                             (ii)  the amount paid, if any, in relation to the trade;

                            (iii)  nature of the tradeable water right that was the subject of the trade;

                            (iv)  the originating river valley and destination river valley of water that was the subject of the trade;

                             (v)  the amount of water that was the subject of the trade, rounded to the nearest megalitre; and

                     (e)  otherwise—be consistent with the National Water Initiative.

          (3B)  For the purposes of subparagraph (3A)(d)(iv), river valley has the same meaning as set out in Appendix 2 of Schedule E to the Agreement.

2  Application provision

Implementation

(1)       This item applies in relation to the water register as referred to in clause 4 of Schedule 3 to the Water Act 2007 as amended by item 1 of this Schedule.

(2)       The Minister and the Authority must, immediately after the commencement of this Schedule, commence the implementation of the water register.

Progress report

(3)       The Minister and the Authority must prepare jointly a report on the implementation of the water register.

(4)       The Authority must, no later than 30 September 2021, publish a copy of the report on the website of the Authority.

(5)       The Minister must table in each House of Parliament, on the next sitting day of that House after 30 September 2021, a copy of the report.

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