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Water Amendment (Water Information) Regulations 2017

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  • - F2017L00311
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Regulations as made
These regulations amend the Water Regulations 2008 to reduce the regulatory burden imposed on certain providers of water information by changing water information requirements.
Administered by: Agriculture and Water Resources
Registered 27 Mar 2017
Tabling HistoryDate
Tabled HR28-Mar-2017
Tabled Senate29-Mar-2017
Date of repeal 29 Mar 2017
Repealed by Division 1 of Part 3 of Chapter 3 of the Legislation Act 2003
Table of contents.

 

Water Amendment (Water Information) Regulations 2017

I, General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Ret’d), Governor‑General of the Commonwealth of Australia, acting with the advice of the Federal Executive Council, make the following regulations.

Dated 23 March 2017

Peter Cosgrove

Governor‑General

By His Excellency’s Command

Barnaby Joyce

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources

 

 

  

  


Contents

1............ Name............................................................................................................................. 1

2............ Commencement............................................................................................................. 1

3............ Authority....................................................................................................................... 1

4............ Schedules...................................................................................................................... 1

Schedule 1—Amendments                                                                                                                          2

Part 1—Main amendments                                                                                                                   2

Water Regulations 2008                                                                                                                       2

Part 2—Other amendments                                                                                                                11

Water Regulations 2008                                                                                                                     11

 


1  Name

                   This instrument is the Water Amendment (Water Information) Regulations 2017.

2  Commencement

             (1)  Each provision of this instrument specified in column 1 of the table commences, or is taken to have commenced, in accordance with column 2 of the table. Any other statement in column 2 has effect according to its terms.

 

Commencement information

Column 1

Column 2

Column 3

Provisions

Commencement

Date/Details

1.  The whole of this instrument

The day after this instrument is registered.

28 March 2017

Note:          This table relates only to the provisions of this instrument as originally made. It will not be amended to deal with any later amendments of this instrument.

             (2)  Any information in column 3 of the table is not part of this instrument. Information may be inserted in this column, or information in it may be edited, in any published version of this instrument.

3  Authority

                   This instrument is made under the Water Act 2007.

4  Schedules

                   Each instrument that is specified in a Schedule to this instrument is amended or repealed as set out in the applicable items in the Schedule concerned, and any other item in a Schedule to this instrument has effect according to its terms.

Schedule 1Amendments

Part 1Main amendments

Water Regulations 2008

1  Regulation 1.03 (after the heading)

Insert:

Note:          For the definitions of the following terms, see subsection 4(1) of the Act:

(a)    Agreement;

(b)    Basin Plan;

(c)    Basin State;

(d)    Murray‑Darling Basin;

(e)    water information;

(f)    water resource.

2  Subregulation 1.03(1)

Insert:

Category L person means a person specified as a Category L person in the document titled Persons and Classes of Persons (see regulation 1.06).

Category M person means a person specified as a Category M person in the document titled Persons and Classes of Persons (see regulation 1.06).

3  Subregulation 1.03(1) (definition of grace period)

Repeal the definition, substitute:

grace period, for a person: see subregulation 7.04(1A).

4  At the end of regulation 1.06

Add:

             (4)  A reference in these Regulations to the document titled Urban Water Management Information Requirements is a reference to the document by that name published from time to time by the Bureau and available at www.bom.gov.au/water/regulations.

5  Paragraph 7.02(j)

Omit “person.”, substitute “person;”.

6  At the end of regulation 7.02

Add:

                     (k)  a Category L person;

                      (l)  a Category M person.

7  Subregulation 7.03(2) (table item 5)

Omit “5a‑5i”, substitute “5a‑5h”.

8  Subregulation 7.03(2) (table item 7)

Omit “7a‑7pg”, substitute “7a‑7d”.

9  Subparagraph 7.03(5)(b)(vi)

Omit “person.”, substitute “person;”.

10  At the end of paragraph 7.03(5)(b)

Add:

                           (vii)  a Category L person;

                          (viii)  a Category M person.

11  Regulation 7.04 (heading)

Repeal the heading, substitute:

7.04  Initial obligation to give water information held during grace period

12  Subregulation 7.04(1)

Repeal the subregulation, substitute:

             (1)  This regulation applies to a person if:

                     (a)  on or after the commencement of this regulation, the person is specified as a person in a category (the new category) mentioned in an item of the table; and

                     (b)  during the grace period for the person in respect of the new category, the person has in the person’s possession, custody or control water information in a subcategory that:

                              (i)  is specified in the item; and

                             (ii)  has been entered into a data management system.

 

Item

Category of persons

Subcategories of water information

1

A and B

1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3e, 3f, 4a to 4j, 6a to 6g, 8a and 9a to 9h

2

C

1a, 1b, 3a to 3da, 3f and 4a to 4j

3

D

3a to 3da and 3f

4

E

6b to 6d

5

F

1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3e, 3f, 4a to 4j, 8a and 9a to 9h

6

G

1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 4a to 4j, 9a to 9g and 9h

7

L

1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3e, 3f, 4a to 4j, 8a and 9a to 9h

 

          (1A)  The grace period for the person in respect of the new category is the period:

                     (a)  beginning on the day the person is specified in the new category; and

                     (b)  ending 3 months after that day.

          (1B)  However, subregulation (1) does not apply to a subcategory of water information if, immediately before the grace period for the person in respect of the new category, the person:

                     (a)  was specified as a person in another category; and

                     (b)  was required to give water information in that subcategory as a result of being specified as a person in the other category.

13  Regulation 7.05

Repeal the regulation, substitute:

7.05  Initial obligation to give category 5 and category 7 water information

             (1)  This regulation applies to a person if:

                     (a)  the person starts (at the start time) in a particular year (the initial year) to be specified in a category of persons that is required to give water information in category 5 or category 7 (the new category); and

                     (b)  immediately before the start time, the person was not required to give water information in the new category; and

                     (c)  the person has in the person’s possession, custody or control water information in the new category that relates to the initial year (whether the information relates to times before or after the start time); and

                     (d)  that information has been entered into a data management system:

                              (i)  during the initial year (whether before or after the start time); or

                             (ii)  during the period beginning on the day after the end of the initial year and ending at the time the information is to be given to the Bureau.

Note 1:       References to a year in these Regulations are to a financial year, starting on 1 July. See regulation 1.04 and the definition of financial year in section 2B of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901, as applied by section 13 of the Legislation Act 2003.

Note 2:       Water information in category 5 and category 7 is required to be given yearly (see regulation 7.06 and the relevant Parts of Schedule 2).

When category 5 and category 7 water information for the initial year is to be given

             (2)  The person must give a copy of the water information to the Bureau, in the next year following the initial year, by the time provided under subregulation 7.07(2) in relation to persons in that category for that water information.

How water information is to be given

             (3)  A person must give a copy of water information under this regulation to the Bureau:

                     (a)  in a form approved by the Director of Meteorology for this subregulation; and

                     (b)  for water information in category 5—by way of the internet, including by email or a database application; and

                     (c)  for water information in category 7—by way of the internet using a database application.

14  Subregulation 7.06(1)

Repeal the subregulation, substitute:

             (1)  This regulation applies to a person in relation to water information if:

                     (a)  a Part of Schedule 2 applies to the person; and

                     (b)  neither regulation 7.04 or 7.05 apply in relation to the water information.

15  Paragraph 7.06(2)(b)

Omit “and”.

16  Paragraph 7.06(2)(c)

Repeal the paragraph.

17  Subregulation 7.06(4)

Repeal the subregulation, substitute:

Amended information

             (4)  If a person amends water information that is entered into a data management system and given to the Bureau under this regulation or regulation 7.05, the person must give a copy of the amended information to the Bureau:

                     (a)  if the person is in category L and the information is in Category 7—within 1 month after the time (the amendment time) the amendment of the water information is entered into the system; or

                     (b)  in any other case—within the time that would be specified for the water information in the item in the Part of Schedule 2 that applies to the person if the water information, as amended, were entered into the system at the amendment time.

Note:          See also regulation 7.07 for the time when water information must be given to the Bureau.

18  Paragraph 7.06(5)(b)

Repeal the paragraph, substitute:

                     (b)  for water information in category 5—by way of the internet, including by email or a database application; and

                     (c)  for water information in category 7—by way of the internet using a database application; and

                     (d)  for water information in any other category—by way of the internet using FTP or web services.

19  Subregulation 7.06(8)

Repeal the subregulation.

20  Before subregulation 7.07(1)

Insert:

Non‑yearly requirements

21  Subregulations 7.07(2) and (3)

Repeal the subregulations, substitute:

Yearly requirements

             (2)  The following table applies if:

                     (a)  the time for giving particular water information is yearly; and

                     (b)  for a person in Category K—the water information the person is required to give was entered into a data management system before the time the information is to be given to the Bureau in relation to a particular year; and

                     (c)  for a person in any other category—the water information the person is required to give in relation to a particular year was entered into a data management system:

                              (i)  during the particular year; or

                             (ii)  during the period beginning on the day after the end of the particular year and ending at the time the information is to be given to the Bureau.

 

Yearly requirements

Item

If the person is in this category …

the person must give the water information to the Bureau by the following time in the next year following the particular year …

1

A

(a) for category 5 water information—the end of 31 October;

(b) for any other water information—midday on 20 July.

2

B, C or D

midday on 20 July.

3

E

the end of 31 October.

4

F

(a) for category 7 water information—the end of 31 October;

(b) for any other water information—the end of 31 August.

5

G

midday on 20 July.

6

K

the end of 30 September.

7

L

(a) for category 7 water information—the end of 31 October;

(b) for any other water information—the end of 31 August.

8

M

the end of 31 October.

Note:          References to a year in these Regulations are to a financial year, starting on 1 July. See regulation 1.04 and the definition of financial year in section 2B of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901, as applied by section 13 of the Legislation Act 2003.

22  Subregulations 7.09(3) and (4)

Repeal the subregulations.

23  Subregulation 7.11(1)

Repeal the subregulation, substitute:

             (1)  If a person gives a copy of water information to the Bureau under this Division, the person must, at the same time, also give to the Bureau a copy of the metadata and contextual information that relates to the water information being given, in accordance with:

                     (a)  for category 7 water information—the document titled Urban Water Management Information Requirements (see regulation 1.06); or

                     (b)  for any other water information—the document titled Metadata and contextual information requirements (see regulation 1.06).

24  At the end of Part 11

Add:

Division 11.3Amendments made by the Water Amendment (Water Information) Regulations 2017

11.03  Amendments made by the Water Amendment (Water Information) Regulations 2017

                   The amendments made by the Water Amendment (Water Information) Regulations 2017 in relation to water information in category 5 or category 7 apply in relation to any such information that relates to the year starting on 1 July 2016 and later years.

25  Part 1 of Schedule 2

Repeal the Part, substitute:

Part 1Category A persons

  

 

Item

Subcategories of water information

Time

1

1a, 1b, 3e, 4a, 4b, 4c, 4d, 4e, 4f, 4g, 4h, 4i, 4j, 9a

Daily

2

6b, 6c

Weekly

3

2a, 2b

Calendar monthly

4

3f, 5a, 5b, 5c, 5d, 5e, 5f, 5g, 5h, 6a, 6e, 6f, 6g, 9b, 9c, 9d, 9e, 9f, 9g, 9ga, 9h

Yearly

5

6d, 8a

When the announcement is made

 

Part 1ACategory B persons

  

 

Item

Subcategories of water information

Time

1

1a, 1b, 3e, 4a, 4b, 4c, 4d, 4e, 4f, 4g, 4h, 4i, 4j, 9a

Daily

2

6b, 6c

Weekly

3

2a, 2b

Calendar monthly

4

3f, 6a, 6e, 6f, 6g, 9b, 9c, 9d, 9e, 9f, 9g, 9ga, 9h

Yearly

5

6d, 8a

When the announcement is made

 

26  Part 4 of Schedule 2 (table item 2)

Repeal the item, substitute:

 

2

5b, 5c, 5d, 5e

Yearly

 

27  Part 5 of Schedule 2 (table item 3)

Repeal the item, substitute:

 

3

3f, 7a, 7b, 7c, 7d, 9b, 9c, 9d, 9e, 9f, 9g, 9ga, 9h

Yearly

 

28  Part 6 of Schedule 2 (table item 3)

Omit “2c,”.

29  At the end of Schedule 2

Add:

Part 10Category L persons

  

 

Item

Subcategories of water information

Time

1

1a, 1b, 3e, 4a, 4b, 4c, 4d, 4e, 4f, 4g, 4h, 4i, 4j, 9a

Daily

2

2a, 2b

Calendar monthly

3

3f, 7a, 7b, 7c, 7d, 9b, 9c, 9d, 9e, 9f, 9g, 9ga, 9h

Yearly

4

8a

When the announcement is made

 

Part 11Category M persons

  

 

Item

Subcategories of water information

Time

1

7a, 7b, 7c, 7d

Yearly

 

30  Part 1 of Schedule 3

Repeal the following definitions:

                     (a)  definition of commercial water;

                     (b)  definition of industrial water;

                     (c)  definition of managed aquifer recharge;

                     (d)  definition of municipal water;

                     (e)  definition of non‑potable water;

                      (f)  definition of potable water;

                     (g)  definition of raw water;

                     (h)  definition of recycled water;

                      (i)  definition of residential water;

                      (j)  definition of sewer mining;

                     (k)  definition of trade waste sewage.

31  Part 1 of Schedule 3

Insert:

urban recycled water information means information about the treatment and reuse of urban wastewater.

32  Part 1 of Schedule 3 (definition of urban stormwater)

Repeal the definition.

33  Part 1 of Schedule 3

Insert:

urban stormwater information means information about water in the urban stormwater drainage system.

34  Part 1 of Schedule 3

Repeal the following definitions:

                     (a)  definition of urban stormwater reuse;

                     (b)  definition of urban water.

35  Part 1 of Schedule 3

Insert:

urban wastewater information means information about wastewater that is disposed of through a sewerage system.

urban water supply information means information about water supplied by urban water utilities.

36  Part 1 of Schedule 3 (definition of water management area)

Repeal the definition, substitute:

water management area means an area (however described) used by an agency of the Commonwealth or an agency of a State for the purposes of managing surface water or ground water.

Note:          The following are examples of water management areas:

(a)    river basins;

(b)    catchments;

(c)    aquifers;

(d)    water sources;

(e)    sustainable diversion limit resource units.

37  Part 3 of Schedule 3 (table item 2c)

Repeal the item.

38  Part 6 of Schedule 3

Repeal the Part, substitute:

Part 6Subcategories in category 5—water use information

  

 

Subcategory number

Description of subcategory information

5a

Total volume of surface water take in each water management area, expressed in megalitres

5b

Volume of surface water take for irrigation networks in each water management area, expressed in megalitres

5c

Volume of surface water returned from irrigation networks to a watercourse in each water management area, expressed in megalitres

5d

Volume of surface water take (excluding take for irrigation networks) in each water management area, expressed in megalitres

5e

Volume of water delivered to a surface water resource through inter‑basin transfer (excluding transfers relating to water trades) in each water management area, expressed in megalitres

5f

Volume of ground water extracted under each ground water licence, expressed in megalitres

5g

Volume of ground water extracted in each water management area, otherwise than under a ground water licence, expressed in megalitres

5h

Volume of water delivered to a ground water resource for aquifer replenishment in each water management area, expressed in megalitres

 

Note:          For the definition of irrigation network, see section 7 of the Act.

39  Part 8 of Schedule 3

Repeal the Part, substitute:

Part 8Subcategories in category 7—information about urban water management

  

 

Subcategory number

Description of subcategory information

7a

Urban water supply information, provided as volumes and expressed in megalitres, of a kind specified for the purposes of this item in the document titled Urban Water Management Information Requirements (see regulation 1.06).

7b

Urban wastewater information, provided as volumes and expressed in megalitres, of a kind specified for the purposes of this item in the document titled Urban Water Management Information Requirements (see regulation 1.06).

7c

Urban recycled water information, provided as volumes and expressed in megalitres, of a kind specified for the purposes of this item in the document titled Urban Water Management Information Requirements (see regulation 1.06).

7d

Urban stormwater information, provided as volumes and expressed in megalitres, of a kind specified for the purposes of this item in the document titled Urban Water Management Information Requirements (see regulation 1.06).

Part 2Other amendments

Water Regulations 2008

40  Subregulation 1.03(1) (definitions of Category A person, Category B person, Category C person, Category D person, Category E person, Category F person, Category G person, Category H person and Category K person)

After “Persons” (second occurring), insert “(see regulation 1.06)”.

41  Paragraphs 7.04(3)(b) and 7.06(3)(b)

After “Sites”, insert “(see regulation 1.06)”.