Streamlining institutional arrangements and regulatory frameworks
The Federal Water Act 2007 led to the establishment of a new layer of federal players in water management, which had previously been dominated by the states. This has led to considerable overlap within and across jurisdictions (refer Figure 1) compromising the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery and regulations affecting irrigated agricultural producers.
Figure 1:Federal and state government agencies involved in water management
The current overlap between Federal and State Government agencies involved in water management must be reviewed.
Secure regulatory frameworks and efficient management of regional water resources are key to ensuring a confident and competitive irrigated agricultural industry that will drive prosperity in our region.