The NSW Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal has reviewed how we share costs between rural water customers1 and the NSW Government (on behalf of other users and the broader community) when setting maximum prices for the Water Administration Ministerial Corporation’s (WAMC’s) water management services and WaterNSW’s rural bulk water services. Background information about WAMC’s water management services and WaterNSW’s rural bulk water services is provided in Appendix E.
This review relates to how future operating and capital expenditure is shared between customers (via regulated prices) and the NSW Government. This review will not affect the past allocation of costs and will not affect prices over the current WAMC and WaterNSW price determinations. However, decisions made in this review will inform our starting point for the upcoming price reviews for WAMC in 2019-20 and WaterNSW in 2020-21. We note there will be further opportunities to consult with stakeholders on issues including rural cost shares as part of these upcoming WAMC and WaterNSW price reviews.