Posts Tagged ‘policy’

Submission to the Productivity Commission – Water Reform 2020

The Productivity Commission has published an issues paper on national water reform. VicWater met with Commissioner Jane Doolan (also a Western Water Board Director) during February to discuss water reform priorities, opportunities for the issues paper and a renewed National Water Initiative. Submissions are due by 21 August. VicWater will coordinate a submission with input…

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Australia Post suspends Priority Letters service

Australia Post has announced from Monday 1 June 2020, their Priority Letters service will be suspended due to the significant impacts of COVID-19. While they are no longer selling the Priority Letters service to Business & Government customers, Australia Post will continue to accept and process Priority letters until 29 May 2020. Australia Post have…

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Postponement of Victoria’s new environment protection laws

New environment protection laws were scheduled to come into effect in Victoria on 1 July 2020 – laws that apply to all Victorians and all businesses trading in Victoria. The Environment Protection Amendment Act 2018 (the Act) will transform Victoria’s environment protection laws and Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA). The Victorian Government has announced the Act’s…

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Ready to Connect?

The newest major event on the Victorian water calendar VicWater Connect features four concurrent streams – Leadership and Innovation, Policy and Environment, Finance and Risk, Diversity and Innovation – all under one roof. Registrations open soon, stay tuned.

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A Word from the CEO

Policy development is one of VicWater’s key priorities. To do this well, we are working with senior staff across the membership who know what our sector’s major needs are and where we need to go. This group – the Policy Advisory Committee – recently sifted through a long list of current and emerging policy issues,…

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A new draft Buffer Overlay

DELWP has commenced public consultation on a new Buffer Overlay for water assets. DELWP developed the draft Buffer Area Overlay, in response to water industry feedback during 2019. The overlay strengthens planning tools to support proposed updates to the Planning Policy Framework and Clause 53.10. VicWater has been closely involved in earlier phase of the…

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Red tape reduction – revised statutory land use terms

During 2018 VicWater prepared a submission to the DELWP Land Use Terms Advisory Committee. A focus area for the submission, and subsequent negotiate with DELWP, was the definition of ‘minor utility installation’. The minor utility installation definition plays a significant role in determining planning permit and native vegetation requirements (among other things) for water corporation infrastructure.…

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VicWater Planning and Building Approvals Submission

22 November 2019 Commissioner for Better Regulation Better Regulation Victoria Level 37, 2 Lonsdale Street Melbourne Victoria 3000 Via email Dear Commissioner Re: Planning and Building Approvals Process Review – Discussion Paper Thank you for the opportunity to respond to the Planning and Building Approvals Process Review Discussion Paper. VicWater is the peak body…

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VicWater Circular Economy Policy Submission

Date: 7 August 2019 Circular Economy Policy Team Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning PO Box 500 East Melbourne VIC 8002 via email: Thank you for the opportunity to respond to the discussion paper: A circular economy for Victoria – Creating more value and less waste. VicWater is the peak body of the…

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