Submissions and Discussion Papers

Documents for industry review are listed here along with previous industry responses collated by qldwater. Members may contribute to documents currently under review by contacting enquiry@qldwater.com.au

qldwater  - Current Issues

qldwater Submission to Productivity Commission Inquiry on National Water Reform 2024 - Release Date 06-Feb-2024: - qldwater Submission to the Productivity Commission's inquiry into National Water Reform, with a focus on skills to ensure access to a basic level of service, improved planning as one of the NWI modernised objectives (water entitlements and planning advice), implementing principles for best practice independent economic regulation and governance of regional and remote services through QWRAP.

State Benchmarking Report 2022-23 SIND - Release Date 05-Jan-2024: - 2022-23 State Benchmarking Report for Small and Indigenous service providers

State Benchmarking Report 2022-23 MLXL - Release Date 05-Jan-2024: - 2022-23 Benchmarking Report for Medium, Large and Extra Large Service Providers

qldwater Submission to ACCC re WSAA Application for Authorisation - Release Date 03-Jan-2024: - qldwater Submission to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission strongly supporting the Application for Authorisation (AA1000657) made by the Water Services Association of Australia seeking permission to secure adequate supplies and equitable distribution of gaseous chlorine for the Australian water sector.

State Benchmarking Report 2022-23 Explanatory Notes - Release Date 05-Jan-2024: - Explanatory notes for the 13th annual Urban Potable Water and Sewerage Benchmarking Report using data captured and reported to the Department of Regional Development, Manufacturing and Water (RDMW).

qldwater Submission to Brisbane City Council Towards Zero Waste Strategy on Insinkerators - Release Date 20-Dec-2023: - qldwater Submission to the Brisbane City Council in response to proposed rebates for insinkerators to be installed at homes as a measure to reduce the landfill tax payable by Council, outlining the significant risk insinkerators pose to urban water infrastructure as well as the potential misalignment of the existing public education campaigns to divert wastes, oils and greases from disposal to sewerage.

qldwater Submission Planning and Other Legislation Make Developers Pay Amendment Bill 2023 - Release Date 14-Dec-2023: - qldwater Submission to the State Development and Regional Industries Committee in response to the Planning and Other Legislation (Make Developers Pay) Amendment Bill 2023 introduced by Michael Berkman MP, Member for Maiwar, supporting full autonomy for local governments and other urban water service providers to charge developers for both new and upgraded trunk (urban water) infrastructure according to the cost of delivering that infrastructure. Under the current arrangements, existing rate payers and councils (mostly through debt) are subsiding new development and developers.

qldwater Submission on Improving Powers and Penalties of the EP Act - Release Date 09-Nov-2023: - qldwater's response to the Department of Environment and Science consultation paper on improving the powers and penalties provisions of the the Environmental Protection Act 1994 recognises that many of the proposed changes are positive and are intended to ensure the broader environment is sustainable against the needs of industry, but raises concerns that several of the proposed amendments are an over-reach, unnecessary, and/or may have unintended consequences resulting in business and operational uncertainty. It asks for the urban water sector to be recognised as a critical stakeholder in the development of future tools and Guidelines and requests an immediate exclusion from the 30% fee for local councils seeking major amendments to their Environmental Authorities.

qldwater Submission on End of Waste Code for Biochar - Release Date 05-Oct-2023: - qldwater Submission to the Department of Environment and Science raising several issues in relation to the draft End of Waste Code. 

qldwater Submission on the NSW Biosolids Regulatory Review - Release Date 03-Oct-2023: - The NSW Environment Protection Authority is consulting with communities and industry ahead of the development of an updated Biosolids Regulatory Approach for NSW. The Queensland End of Waste Code for biosolids leans heavily on the NSW Biosolids Guidelines, and the submission was developed with that in mind.

qldwater Submission to AEIC Review of Community Engagement Practices - Release Date 29-Sep-2023: - qldwater Submission to the Australian Energy Infrastructure Commissioner, Community Engagement Review Taskforce drawing urgent attention to several outstanding issues arising from the deficiencies in the regulatory legislation framework surrounding telecommunication deployment under telecommunication carriers under the Telecommunication Act 1997 impacting on the water sector.

qldwater Submission to Parliamentary Inquiry into Metal Theft - Release Date 19-Sep-2023: - qldwater Submission to the Transport and Resources Committee reporting a significant and growing number of thefts of metal components and infrastructure from water and wastewater treatment facilities mostly linked to the removal of electrical components and infrastructure and, more recently, renewable energy technologies (solar photovoltaic panels and inverters). qldwater welcomes the inquiry into the matter as the direct risks to community safety, worker safety and the increasing financial burden to the urban water sector (and our customers) must be addressed.

qldwater Submission to SEQ Regional Plan 2023 - Release Date 11-Sep-2023: - qldwater Submission to the Department of State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning raising concerns about the lack of planning for water and sewerage services in the plan and calling for meaningful consultation with the urban water industry to address the liabilities caused by the changes to the Queensland Development Code (QDC)—Building Over or Near Relevant Infrastructure. It calls on the Department to use water data from the Statewide Water Information Management (SWIM) system to provide quantification on the risks and opportunities for water security, the interaction of the urban water environment with key indicators such as catchment health and, amenity and recreational values.

qldwater Submission IChEMS Schedule 7 Decisions - Release Date 01-Sep-2023: - Submission to the Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water on the proposed IChEMS Schedule 7 decisions supporting the listing of Pentachlorobenzene, PFOS, PFOA and PFHxS chemicals, and by extension associated precursor compounds and associated chemicals. Concerns raised include the high proposed limit for unintentional trace contamination, the timeframe for implementation and review of the decision too long, regulation should be expanded to include all members of the PFAS class of compounds and labelling of all products containing PFAS is required.

qldwater Submission DYJESBT VET Strategy - Release Date 18-Aug-2023: - qldwater Submission to the Department of Youth Justice, Employment, Small Business and Training (DYESBT) discussion paper on the development of a Queensland Vocational Education and Training Strategy. Recommendations include opening the SAS platform to give more RTOs access to subsidised training, increase the number of subsidised units of competency and increased subsidy levels for Higher Level Skills.

qldwater Submission Sustainable Liquid Fuels Strategy - Release Date 18-Aug-2023: - Submission to the Department of Energy and Public Works on the Sustainable Liquid Fuels Strategy: Options and Opportunities Paper, May 2023. The submission urges the Department to urgently consider the water use of all these strategies and for the urban water sector to be represented at government forums like the Hydrogen Taskforce and the Ministerial Energy Council.

qldwater Submission Round 2 ANZCO - Release Date 14-Aug-2023: - qldwater submission to the Australian Bureau of Statistics regarding its comprehensive review of the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) to reflect the contemporary labour market and better meet stakeholders’ needs, outlining several job roles not currently identified and poor accounting of the occupations within the water sector.

qldwater Submission to the Review of the Electrical Safety Act 2002 - Release Date 03-Aug-2023: - qldwater Submission to the Review of the Electrical Safety Act 2002 (Final Report 2021) raising matters of particular consideration for the urban water sector.

Letter to Communications Minister Regarding Telecommunications Act Deficiencies - Release Date 28-Jul-2023: - Letter to The Hon Michelle Rowland, Minister for Communications, Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts, drawing urgent attention to several outstanding issues arising from deficiencies in the regulatory framework surrounding telecommunications deployment by telecommunication carriers under the Telecommunications Act 1997 impacting upon the water sector.

2022 Urban Water Industry Workforce Composition Snapshot Report - Release Date 17-Jul-2023: - The 2022 Queensland Water Directorate Urban Water Industry Workforce Composition Snapshot Report: Tracking trends in workforce, skills and training issues for the Queensland Urban Water Industry

2022 Urban Water Industry Workforce Composition Snapshot Report Key Indicators - Release Date 17-Jul-2023: - Key workforce indicators for the 2022 Queensland Urban Water Industry Workforce Composition Snapshot Report

Capability Statement 2023 - Release Date 04-Jul-2023: - The Capability Statement provides an overview of qldwater programs and activities completed during the 2022-23 Financial Year.

qldwater Submission on Draft NEMP 3.0 - Release Date 28-Feb-2023: - qldwater Submission on the Draft PFAS NEMP 3.0, which telegraphs some important changes to the way that biosolids and water could be regulated in the future. The submission was developed in consultation with our members and other urban water industry partners nationally. 

qldwater Submission on the delivery of VET in regional, rural and remote Queensland - Release Date 02-Feb-2023: - qldwater submission to the Education, Employment and Training Committee’s (EETC) Inquiry into the delivery of Vocational Education and Training (VET) in regional, rural and remote (RRR) Queensland (the Inquiry).

qldwater Submission on EOW Framework Review - Release Date 19-Dec-2022: -  qldwater Submission on the 2022 review of the End of Waste Framework, being conducted by SLR Consulting on behalf of the Department of Environment and Science.

qldwater Submission to IChEMS on PFAS - Release Date 14-Dec-2022: - qldwater Submission to the call for information on PFAS as part of the IChEMS framework. 

Water Legislation Amendment Bill - Release Date 10-Nov-2022: - qldwater Submission to the parliamentary committee on the Water Legislation Amendment Bill 2022.

Health and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2022 - Release Date 28-Oct-2022: - Letter to the Legislative Policy Unit, Queensland Health in response to the Health and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2022, specifically with respect to the proposed amendments to the Water Fluoridation Act 2008. Feedback received from our members indicated that the proposed change is viewed as a positive move for the industry.

Water Industry Review of the ANZSCO Codes 2022 - Release Date 14-Aug-2023: - Combined review of the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) for the water sector by WSAA, WIOA, NSW Water Directorate and qldwater.

qldwater Submission EPOLA Bill 2022 - Release Date 25-Oct-2022: - qldwater Submission to the Health and Environment Committee in response to the Environmental Protection and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2022, acknowledging that it was a substantial improvement over early drafts but also highlighting some specific sections that we are unable to support. 

PFAS NEMP 3.0 Extension Request - Release Date 28-Oct-2022: - Letter to the National Coordinator for the PFAS NEMP, Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water requesting an extension of time to provide feedback on the draft PFAS NEMP 3.0 to properly consult with qldwater members and fully consider the implications on recycling, water and the potential to disrupt circular economy outcomes.

Draft Model Conditions for ERA 63 Sewage Treatment 20220203 - Release Date 15-Feb-2022: - This document provides advice to potential environmental authority holders on the model conditions that may be applied to their environmental authority. It is relevant for environmentally relevant activity (ERA) 63 operations if a site-specific application is made.

Feedback table - ERA 63 Model Conditions - Release Date 15-Feb-2022: - Model conditions for sewage treatment activities – 2021 / 2022 review

SWEAP meeting presentation - sewage treatment model conditions review - Release Date 15-Feb-2022: - Model conditions review, How model conditions are used and the review process, Sewerage and Water Environmental Advisory Panel Presentation

SWEAP Recycled Water Discussion Paper - Release Date 15-Dec-2021: - This discussion paper was prepared by qldwater on behalf of SWEAP. It outlines regulation of recycled water in Queensland and recommends minor clarifications to often overlapping regulatory requirements for Water and Sewerage Service Providers. This alignment is needed both to improve management and reporting and to increase the likelihood of safe water recycling.The inconsistencies in definitions relevant to Queensland WSPs can be overcome without legislative change through adherence to the recommended interpretations and agreement on a common classification for intended uses as proposed.

Portfolio Approach to Addressing Contaminants of Emerging Concern (002) - Release Date 23-Nov-2021: - Contaminants of Emerging Concern are a present and increasing risk for all Water and Sewerage Service Providers.

Workforce Composition Snapshot of 2020 Snapshot Report - Release Date 06-Aug-2021: - An overview of the 2020 Workforce Composition Snapshot Report

Workforce Composition Snapshot Report 2020 - Release Date 06-Aug-2021: - The 2020 Queensland Urban Water Industry Workforce Composition Snapshot Report: Tracking trends in workforce, skills and training issues for the Queensland Urban Water Industry

2021 Goondiwindi Workshop Notes - Release Date 03-Mar-2021: - The Sustainable Services for Regional & Remote Communities workshop, hosted by qldwater and the NSW Water Directorate, asked participants to help develop the qldwater Roadmap  for the “small, remote and nimble” theme.The desire from the workshops was to develop a series of “key messages” – acknowledging the challenges of servicing small and remote communities and promoting sensible ideas to “decision makers” with the industry taking leadership in solutions.

Water Industry Training Needs Business Case - Release Date 26-Feb-2021: - This paper has been informed in consultation with Water Skills Partners. It poses a range of common skilling pathways and recommendations for future VET investment to support ongoing water industry training.

PC Submission August 2020 - Release Date 25-Aug-2020: - qldwater response to the Issues Paper submission for the Productivity Commission National Water Reform Inquiry - August 2020 

qldwater Response to PC Interim Skills Report July 2020 - Release Date 31-Jul-2020: - qldwater Response to the Interim Report on the Productivity Commission’s Review of the National Agreement for Skills and Workforce Development, July 2020.  It follows our previous Submission to the Productivity Commission Review of the National Agreement for Skills and Workforce Development, December 2019, which is also listed on our submission page.

Capability Statement 2020 - Release Date 06-Jul-2020: - The qldwater Capability Statement gives an overview of projects and advocacy undertaken in 2020.

Urban Water Sector Feedback Guidelines for Water Recycling - Release Date 23-Mar-2020: - Urban Water Sector Submission on Draft Revisions to the Australian Guidelines for Water Recycling: Managing Health and Environmental Risk (Phase 1)

qldwater Submission to Productivity Commission Review of Skills and Workforce Development - Release Date 31-Jan-2020: - qldwater and Water Skills Partnership submission to the Productivity Commission’s study into the National Agreement for Skills and Workforce Development.

State Benchmarking Report 2018-19 - Release Date 14-Dec-2019: - This is the ninth annual Urban Potable Water and Sewerage Benchmarking Report for Queensland. Produced by qldwater, it contains a suite of indicators and benchmarking data for all 72 of Queensland’s urban water/sewerage utilities. The data is presented in figures that provide comparative information to enable each service provider to compare its performance against that of similar sized service providers.

Urban Water Sector Submission on EOW Code for Biosolids - Release Date 02-Dec-2019: - This document summarises feedback from the urban water sector through discussions with members and written feedback from sewerage service providers. In general, the urban water and sewerage sector is supportive of the modified EOW Code for Biosolids and there is broad interest in remaining engaged in the ongoing development of this Code.

WSAA SUBMISSION 5G - Release Date 15-Nov-2019: - WSAA SUBMISSION: To the Parliamentary Committee for the inquiry into and report on the deployment, adoption and application of 5G in Australia

Infrastructure Cost Review Aug 2019 - Release Date 09-Sep-2019: - 2019 – Infrastructure Cliff? Queensland’s ageing water and sewerage assets. 2. Cost implications for in-ground assets.- Research Report 5.2: In-ground asset costs analysis.

2019 Asset Management Workshop Notes - Release Date 02-Aug-2019: - The Asset Management workshop held on the 13 June 2019 was attended by more than 60 delegates, with representatives from regional councils, SEQ water utilities and state agencies, including a delegation from the Solomon Islands. There seems to be a trend among councils and utilities to develop their AM systems in line with the ISO 55000 series of standards for asset management as it is essentially a business plan, many aspects of which councils as businesses are already following. The ISO 55000

QLD Urban Water Sector Feedback on EOW Code Water Treatment Residuals - Release Date 03-Jul-2019: - This collated response was compiled for the Department of Environment and Science in response to the invitation for feedback on the End of Waste Code proposed for water treatment residuals. This document summarises feedback from the urban water sector through discussions with members and written feedback from sewerage service providers.

QLD Urban Water Sector Feedback on PFAS NEMP 2.0 - Release Date 03-Jul-2019: - This collated response was compiled in response to a request for feedback on the PFAS National Environmental Management Plan V2.0 Consultation Draft. This document summarises feedback from the urban water sector through discussions with members, emails and written feedback from Water and Sewerage Service Providers (WSSPs). WSSPs were also encouraged to respond directly.

Workforce Composition Snapshot Report 2018 - Release Date 26-Jun-2019: - The 2018 Snapshot Report is the fifth iteration of the Queensland Urban Water Industry Workforce Composition Snapshot Report to track trends in skills and training issues.

State Benchmarking Report 2017-18 - Release Date 04-Mar-2019: - The eighth annual Queensland Urban Potable Water and Sewerage Benchmarking Report contains a suite of indicators and benchmarking data for 70 of Queensland’s 71 urban water/sewerage utilities. The report provides comparative information to enable each Service Provider to compare its performance against that of similar sized Service Providers.

qldwater Future of Work Submission March 2019 - Release Date 22-Jan-2020: - qldwater response to ‘The Future of Work in Queensland to 2030’ Discussion Paper. This response has been informed with input from members of the Water Skills Partnership, the most significant industry-led skills program for the water industry in Queensland. qldwater holds a position on the Water Industry Reference Committee (Water IRC) convened by Australian Industry Standards, and is contracted by the Queensland Department of Employment, Small Business and Training as a VET Industry Advisory Organisation.

2018 SCADA Cybersecurity Discussion Paper February 2019 - Release Date 25-Feb-2019: - This discussion paper provides advice to qldwater members on ways of dealing with emerging cybersecurity risks as they relate to SCADA and ICS, and may inform the Queensland and Australian Governments’ development of rational and effective approaches to policy and regulatory frameworks to mitigate those risks.

Review of VET Sector January 2019 - Release Date 24-Jan-2019: - The Australian Government is conducting a review of the Vocational Education and Training Sector. qldwater has provided a submission to the review based on feedback from Water Skills Partners about what is working well in the VET Sector and what could be improved. Please contact Carlie Sargent on csargent@qldwater.com.au or phone 3632 6853 for more information.

Interim Report on Point Source Loads in GBR Catchments - Release Date 10-Jan-2019: - Interim report on the estimation of Point Source Loads from Sewage Treatment Plants in Great Barrier Reef catchments

Review of Chlorination and Dechlorination conditions in Qld STP Environmental Authorities - Release Date 10-Jan-2019: - Preliminary Report: A review of Chlorination and Dechlorination Conditions in Queensland Sewage Treatment Plants'Environmental Authorities

DRAFT - Class A + ecoli-calculation-tool - Release Date 30-Nov-2018: - Department of Health: DRAFT Class A + ecoli-calculation-tool

DRAFT - Class A ecoli-calculation-tool - Release Date 30-Nov-2018: - Department of Health: DRAFT - Class A ecoli-calculation-tool

DRAFT - Class B ecoli-calculation-tool - Release Date 30-Nov-2018: - Department of Health: DRAFT - Class B ecoli-calculation-tool

DRAFT - Class C ecoli-calculation-tool - Release Date 30-Nov-2018: - Department of Health: DRAFT - Class C ecoli-calculation-tool

DRAFT - Class D ecoli-calculation-tool - Release Date 30-Nov-2018: - Department of Health: DRAFT - Class D ecoli-calculation-tool

Draft Guideline for low-exposure recycled water schemes - Release Date 30-Nov-2018: - Department of Health released draft Guideline for low-exposure recycled water schemes, for feedback from the industry. This is only draft for comment, not the final version.

Feedback on EOW Code for Biosolids November 2018 - Release Date 29-Nov-2018: - A collated response from the urban water and sewerage sector on the proposed new EOW Code for biosolids – November 2018.

Urban Water Sector Feedback on Point Source Water Quality Offsets Policy - Release Date 07-Aug-2018: - qldwater collated feedback on July 2018 Draft Points Source Water Quality Offsets Policy and Guidelines.

Gas or Hypo or Something Else: Disinfection Options for water service providers - Release Date 16-Jul-2018: - Information for water service providers to support management decisions on disinfection options. This discussion paper provides local government decision makers with information to help them make informed choices about disinfection options for their water and sewerage schemes. It addresses the pros and cons of disinfection using chlorine gas, bulk liquid sodium hypochlorite, on-site generated sodium hypochlorite, and solid calcium hypochlorite.

Point Source Water Quality Offsets Guideline 2018 - Release Date 15-Jul-2018: - Department of Environment and Science Consultation Draft of the Environmental Protection Act 1994 - Point Source Water Quality Offsets Guideline 2018.

Point Source Water Quality Offsets Policy 2018 - Consultation Draft - Release Date 15-Jul-2018: - Department of Environment and Science consultation draft for the Environmental Protection Act 1994 - Point Source Water Quality Offsets Policy 2018

Southern Downs RC Community Engagement Workshop Report - Release Date 24-Jul-2018: - Final Report on Community Engagement Workshop held with Southern Downs Regional Council as part of the QWRAP DASB region. The aim was to provide recommendations on how to engage the community in meaningful ways to help develop a Water Efficiency Plan - June 2018.

2018 SCADA Cyber Security Workshop Outputs - Release Date 18-Jun-2018: - Outputs of the SCADA / Cyber Security Workshop held on Thursday, 31 May 2018.

Proposed New Reef Catchments Regulations - Release Date 15-Jun-2018: - Feedback on the second round of consultation on regulations broadening and enhancing reef protection

DOH Submission Public Health Regulation 2018 - Release Date 09-May-2018: - qldwater submission to the Department of Health in response to the consultation on the draft Public Health Regulation 2018.

Feedback on Point Source Water Quality Offsets Policy - Release Date 06-Jun-2018: - qldwater consolidated feedback on the second draft Point Source Water Quality Offsets Policy - April 2018

QWRAP Infrastructure Cliff Research Report 1 - Release Date 23-Apr-2018: - 2018 – Infrastructure Cliff? Queensland’s ageing Water and Sewerage Assets.- Research Report 5.1: In-ground asset age analysis

Feedback on the second draft Point Source Water Quality Offsets Policy - Release Date 13-Apr-2018: - Industry feedback on the second draft Point Source Water Quality Offsets Policy

SEQ Telco Summary Report March 2018 - Release Date 06-Apr-2018: - Summary Report: Opportunities for South East Queensland Water Service Providers to promote stronger commercial relationships and better manage risks with telecommunications providers through lease arrangements and internal procedures March 2018.

State Benchmarking Report 2016-17 - Release Date 27-Mar-2018: - The seventh annual Queensland Urban Potable Water and Sewerage Benchmarking Report produced by qldwater contains a suite of indicators and benchmarking data for 71 of Queensland’s urban water/sewerage utilities. The data is presented in figures which provide comparative information to enable each Service Provider to compare its performance against that of similar sized Service Providers.

Feedback on Regulatory Impact Statement Broadening Reef Protection Regulations - Release Date 20-Feb-2018: - This response is collated from submissions, phone interviews and discussion with members as well as the qldwater Sewage and Water Environmental Advice Panel (SWEAP) and Technical Reference Group. qldwater also encouraged individual members and QWRAP regions within the GBR to provide responses to the Department.

Apprenticeship and Traineeship Discussion Paper - qldwater Submission to Qld Government - Release Date 18-Nov-2016: - qldwater Submission to the Queensland Government Apprenticeship and Traineeship Discussion Paper.

CCE Workshop Report Final - Release Date 21-Nov-2017: - Final report on the Council Owned Water Services - Keeping Community Control workshop held in August 2017. The workshop considered current and alternative models for urban water and sewerage services (WSS) in Queensland in light of recommendations in various national reviews for reform of the local government water sector.

SEQ urban water and sewerage service providers’ advocacy statement - Release Date 10-Nov-2017: -

qldwater Feedback on Draft PC Review October 2017 - Release Date 19-Oct-2017: - This response is collated from a limited number of written submissions, phone interviews and general discussion with members and the qldwater Technical Reference Group as well as the Steering Group for the Queensland Water Regional Alliances Program. The timeframe allowed for responses was insufficient to seek written feedback from a broad cross-section of the sector. We were unable to participate in public hearings due to the cancellation of the proposed Brisbane public hearing and scheduling d

Draft qldwater Response to Productivity Commission Report - Release Date 12-Oct-2017: - This is the qldwater draft response to the Productivity Commission’s request for feedback on the Draft Report on National Water Reform. In general the Draft Report is quite responsive to the input provided by the urban water sector in the past including previous formal submissions by qldwater and LGAQ. However, the draft recommendations raise a number of issues for the Qu

STP Discharges in GBR Catchments - Release Date 22-Sep-2017: - qldwater industry discussion paper on sewage treatment plants in Great Barrier Reef catchments.

Feedback on the Draft Point Source Water Quality Offsets Policy 2017 - Release Date 23-Feb-2018: - qldwater collated information and input from across the urban water and sewerage sector in response to the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection’s request for submissions on the Draft Point Source Water Quality Offsets Policy. The sector has indicated that this this policy is important to the future environmental sustainability of Queensland communities and flexible options are urgently needed to improve environmental protection with more efficient use of limited public funding. The

Certification for Operators of Drinking Water Systems - WIST Options Paper - Release Date 29-Aug-2017: - A position paper prepared by the WIST as a means of encouraging and promoting a positive dialogue among the urban water industry, regulators and other stakeholders around next steps to progress certification for Operators of Drinking Water Systems.

Response to Possible Amendments to Telecommunications Carrier Powers Consultation Paper - Release Date 29-Aug-2017: - qldwater response to "Possible amendments to telecommunications carrier powers and immunities consultation paper" - June 2017

qldwater submission on waste-related ERAs - Release Date 23-Aug-2017: - This document summarises feedback on the Review of the Regulated Waste Classification and Waste-related Environmentally Relevant Activity (ERA) frameworks. Feedback from the urban water sector was gained through discussions with members and written feedback from sewerage service providers.

qldwater Submission Amendments to Telecommunications Carrier Powers - Release Date 21-Jul-2017: - qldwater response to "Possible amendments to telecommunications carrier powers and immunities consultation paper" - June 2017

DEHP Letter re Proposed Amendment to EP Regulation - Release Date 06-Jul-2017: - The Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (the department) proposes to amend the Environmental Protection Regulation 2008 (EP Regulation) in the coming months, to prescribe the inclusion of additional documents on the public register. This letter contains details of the proposed amendment.

DEHP Response to Submission re End of Waste Code - Release Date 06-Jul-2017: - DEHP response to the qldwater submission on the End of Waste Framework (which proposed an End of Waste Code for biosolids). Notably, consideration of the Code has been deferred, until a time prior to the expiry of the transitional period which allows current BUAs to remain in force.

Current and future drivers for water and sewerage services - Release Date 22-May-2017: - Community expectations about water security and quality, pricing, levels of service, customer interactions and workplace health and safety are driving rapid regulatory change. qldwater has developed this series of information sheets to help address this change. We thank Alan Kleinschmidt as well as our TRG for their input and in particular David Brooker.

Discussion Paper on Enhancing regulations to ensure clean water for a healthy Great Barrier Reef - Release Date 21-Apr-2017: - Response from qldwater to EHP on behalf of the Queensland Water Sector on the Discussion Paper on Enhancing regulations to ensure clean water for a healthy Great Barrier Reef and a Prosperous Queensland.

National Water Reform Response to Productivity Commission Issues Paper - Release Date 20-Apr-2017: - As noted in our eflash #312 (2 March) the Productivity Commission National Water Reform Inquiry released an issues paper outlining the scope of the inquiry. Submissions to the Productivity Commission have now closed and qldwater has lodged a submission on behalf of our members. The submission can be read here.

Advancing Skills for the Future Submission to Qld Government - Release Date 04-Apr-2017: - Advancing Skills for the Future: A strategy for vocational education and training in Queensland - Queensland Water Directorate (qldwater) Feedback

Submission on End of Waste Code for Biosolids from Sewage Treatment - Release Date 03-Apr-2017: - As discussed in our eFlash #308 from 9 February, a policy shift in EHP has brought beneficial reuse under a new ‘End of Waste Framework’ (https://www.ehp.qld.gov.au/waste/end-of-waste-framework.html). The Department opened a consultation process asking all industries to provide feedback by the end of March 2017 on the need for End of Waste Codes for each sector. qldwater has submitted this collated industry response on behalf of the water sector and our members.

Urban Water Sector Feedback on Review of Offset Mechanism - Release Date 27-Mar-2017: - qldwater feedback submission on the review of the Urban Water Sector Policy for Nutrient Offsets. This has been collated from input by SEQ and regional sewerage service providers.

Outputs from Automated Metering Workshop - Release Date 20-Mar-2017: - The document detailing the outputs from the Automated Metering Workshop was distributed to workshop attendees and SPG for comment.