Other COAG assessments
In addition to assessing governments’ progress under the National Water Initiative (NWI) as prescribed by the National Water Commission Act 2004, we are required under other Commonwealth legislation or agreements to provide advice and reports on water reform issues.
Water planning report card
In 2011, as one response to the Commission's second biennial assessment, the COAG Water Reform Committee recommended that we report progress with the development and implementation of water plans in all water resource systems. This was intended to allow objective discussion of existing water plans across jurisdictions. On behalf of COAG, the Commission published its inaugural National Water Planning Report Card in December 2011.
Water Management Partnership Agreements assessments
In December 2009 the Commission was delegated responsibility by COAG Reform Council under the intergovernmental Agreement on Murray–Darling Basin Reform. This required the Commission to assess the performance of Murray-Darling Basin state and territory governments in in meeting their reform commitments under COAG Water Management Partnership Agreements.
The Commission's first assessment, which concerned the reporting period 1 January 2009 to 31 December 2009, was released on 22 October 2010. For this reporting period, Basin States were required to meet specific reform obligations in the areas of water planning and management, and water markets and trading.
The Commission’s second assessment of progress towards water reform actions during the reporting period 1 January to 31 December 2010 was released on 3 November 2010. For this reporting period, Basin states were required to meet specific reform obligations in the areas of water planning and management, water markets and trading, and state-specific reform commitments.
Other performance reports
In addition to these assessments, the Commission has prepared regular reports on specific water management issues to progress water reform. These include reports on the performance of urban and rural water utilities, water markets, environmental water management, and impacts of water trading.
Through these reports, the Commission has improved water sector performance and accountability by collecting and publishing reliable data benchmarking the performance of water utilities, and has acquired and made public more accessible market information.