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No. 64. 10-May-2019
Page: 1417 Pdf - 556kb
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WATER SERVICES ACT 2012
Exemption Notice
Class exemption for drainage services provided by Local Government

In accordance with section 7 of the Water Services Act 2012, the Minister for Water, Hon Dave Kelly MLA, has revoked the previous Class Exemption for drainage services provided by local government (dated 4 July 2017). The following notice now applies—

EXEMPTION NOTICE FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENT DRAINAGE SERVICE PROVIDERS

A local government that provides a drainage service anywhere in the State is exempt from the requirement under section 5 of the Water Services Act 2012 to hold a water services licence.

The exemption will come into effect on the day it is published in the Government Gazette and is valid until 8 May 2021.

Drainage service means a water service principally constituted by—

(i) the management of the flow of stormwater, surface water or ground water by means of reticulated drainage assets; or

(ii) the management of soil salinity by means of reticulated drainage assets;

and which may include the management of the quality of water dealt with.

Local government means a local government established under the Local Government Act 1995.

Summary of reasons for the decision

Granting the exemption is not contrary to the public interest. It is considered that—

• The risk of the abuse of monopoly power in the provision of local government drainage services is low.

• Local government drainage services present a low risk to public health.

• The regulatory burden imposed by licensing would be disproportionately high given the low levels of risk in local government drainage services.


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