Australian Government response to the House of Representatives Standing Committee on the Environment and Energy: Report on the inquiry into the management and use of Commonwealth environmental water

Australian Government, 2020

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About this response

On 28 February 2018, the House of Representatives Standing Committee on the Environment and Energy (the Committee) resolved:

'That, pursuant to standing order 215(c), the Committee examine the 2016–17 annual report of the Department of the Environment and Energy. In doing so, the Committee will inquire into and report on the management and use of Commonwealth environmental water, giving particular consideration to the role of the Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder in:

  1. maximising the use of environmental water for the protection and restoration of environmental assets;
  2. considering innovative approaches for the use of environmental water;
  3. monitoring and evaluating outcomes of the use of environmental water; and
  4. options for improving community engagement and awareness of the way in which environmental water is managed; and any other matters of relevance that the committee wishes to consider.'

On 7 December 2018, the Committee tabled its report on the Inquiry into the management and use of Commonwealth environmental water.

The Australian Government has considered the recommendations of the Committee’s report and has provided this response.