National Framework for Compliance and Enforcement Systems for Water Resource Management
The State and Federal Governments have agreed to implement a national compliance and enforcement framework for water resource management to help protect the environment and secure water users entitlements. The Commonwealth will provide over $10 million for this program, and this funding will be used to enhance or develop:
additional stakeholder and public education tools about compliance
best practice regulatory tools
a nationally consistent range of water offences and penalties
appropriate compliance programs
risk prioritisation of water resources
increased levels of monitoring of high risk water resources
public reporting of compliance statistics.
The framework moves all jurisdictions towards a nationally consistent approach to managing water resource compliance. This national initiative has been tailored to the Queensland context within the State's implementation plan, with the aim to ensure fair and equitable use of water resources in Queensland.