Correcting the record: Investigation into water compliance and enforcement 2007-17

A special report to Parliament under sections 26 and 31 of the Ombudsman Act 1974
Water Water conservation Environmental monitoring Statutory authorities New South Wales
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This is a report pursuant to sections 26 and 31 of the Ombudsman Act 1974 of an investigation into the acts and/or omissions of WaterNSW in compiling and providing information to the Ombudsman as to the enforcement actions taken by or on behalf of WaterNSW between 1 July 2016 and 3 November 2017 pursuant to the Water Act 1912 and the Water Management Act 2000 (the WaterNSW investigation).

The investigation was commenced on 15 December 2017 following receipt of information indicating that statistical information about enforcement actions provided by WaterNSW to the Ombudsman on 9 November 2017, which was subsequently published in the Ombudsman’s special report to Parliament (Investigation into water compliance and enforcement 2007-17) on 15 November 2017, was incorrect to a significant degree.

The primary purpose of this report is to correct the public record in relation to the enforcement statistics published in the special report and to examine how WaterNSW came to provide the Ombudsman with statistics that were inaccurate.

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