In December 2017, the NSW Government committed to the Water Reform Action Plan (WRAP) as the primary
response to issues raised by investigative journalism and subsequently by a number of independent reviews.
The goals of the WRAP are:
• Introduce best practice for water management
• Build a compliance and enforcement regime that ensures strong and certain regulation
• Ensure transparency in how we share, allocate and manage water
• Build capability to support implementation of water reforms.
The WRAP includes 40 actions, which focus on measures to improve compliance and enforcement, availability
and transparency of data, information, decisions and their rationale, protecting environmental water flows,
while also protecting water entitlements, access and allocations, as well as improving capability of the relevant
NSW government agencies to implement the reforms.
The DPIE Water WRAP Taskforce engaged Alluvium to undertake an Independent review of the WRAP progress. This work extended to:
• Documenting progress against delivering the Water Reform Action Plan (WRAP), assessing and reporting actions completed, partially completed, commenced or not completed.
• Providing a summary of other public NSW government water reform commitments in the areas of Metering, Transparency and Environmental Water, noting any progress against them, assessing and reporting actions completed, partially completed, commenced or not completed.