About this report
During 2017, an independent review was commissioned and undertaken by the then Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder, Mr David Papps, to evaluate the effectiveness of the Office’s operations and business processes, which support the Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder’s management of the Commonwealth environmental water holdings.
The Review was led by Dr Neil Byron (former Productivity Commissioner) who was supported by a Reference Panel of experts comprising Mr Peter Cochrane (former Director of National Parks), Mr Denis Flett (Chair, Victorian Environmental Water Holder), Ms Alex Anthony (former Chair of Murray CMA), Dr Steven Morton (CSIRO) and Mr Gavin McMahon (Chair of National Irrigators Council and CEO of Central Irrigation Trust). While this work was commissioned to inform internal improvements to Office’s operations and business processes, the decision has been made to make the Review public along with internal response to the Review. The Review was finalised in November 2017 and the internal response was approved in January 2018.