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Bulk water entities

Water is the responsibility of a number of Queensland Government agencies.

Water entities and water providers

The Queensland Government is responsible for a number of water entities that provide essential services to the community, including critical water supply infrastructure (e.g. dams and water treatment plants) and services to support consumer needs.

Water entities in Queensland (which are overseen by DNRME) include government-owned corporations, water authorities (Category 1 and Category 2) and statutory authorities.  

Water providers in Queensland also include local governments and private providers.  

Bulk water services

These bulk water entities are overseen by DNRME.

Queensland Bulk Water Supply Authority (trading as Seqwater) provides bulk water services for water service providers within South East Queensland.    

SunWater, Gladstone Area Water Board and Mount Isa Water Board provide bulk water services, as well as bulk raw water transmission for water service providers and industry outside of SEQ (including agriculture in the case of SunWater).   

Each water entity operates independently to government on a competitive, commercial basis.   

Relationships with bulk water entities

The Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy has responsibility under these acts:

Note: DNRME’s role in monitoring the performance of 2 of the bulk water entities (i.e. Seqwater and SunWater) is shared with Queensland Treasury.      

Queensland Urban Utilities and Unitywater are statutory authorities that are controlled by local governments under the South-East Queensland Water (Distribution and Retail Restructuring) Act 2009.

DNRME is responsible for:

  • monitoring and regulation of water service providers and referable dams.  
  • administering the process for appointments to Category 1 and Category 2 water authorities boards  
  • advising responsible and shareholding Ministers of critical current and emerging issues that may impact on government-owned businesses.

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Last updated
9 April 2018
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