New water resources management legislation
In February 2015, the State Government approved drafting of the Water Resources Management Bill. The drafting of the Bill has commenced with significant progress expected by mid to late 2017. The government remains committed to consulting on the Bill development and will discuss progress as well as refining drafting approaches with stakeholders as and when they become available.
The approval to draft the Water Resources Management Bill followed the release of Securing Western Australia's water future – a position paper and a subsequent three-month public consultation period, which included metropolitan and regional workshops with water licensees and interested stakeholders throughout the state.
In Western Australia, all natural water resources are vested in the Crown. So the Western Australian Government is responsible for:
- Enabling the productive use of water
- Protecting water resources and their environments
- Ensuring water resources are shared, used and managed well
Water resources are currently managed under six different Acts. These Acts regulate the take and use of water, protect waterways, manage drainage and protect public drinking water sources and supply. We are proposing to consolidate the six existing Acts into one modernised Water Resources Management Act.