Water is critical for our future.
Water resource legislation in Western Australia is currently contained in six separate Acts, several of which were established in the early 20th century. Continuous amendment over the decades has resulted in complicated, and in some cases convoluted legislation that has not kept pace with important improvements in modern water resource management.
The State Government is working to reform water legislation, policy and administrative processes. This will deliver new water resources management and water services legislation that is flexible, progressive and more capable of managing water today and in the future.
The reform will streamline and modernise the legislation, promote efficient regulation of water use to support sustainable development, provide tools to respond to climate change, ensures Aboriginal people’s interests in water is recognised and supported, and improve protections for water service customers.