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Question Without Notice No. 911 asked in the Legislative Council on 10 October 2018 by Hon Jacqui Boydell

Minister responding: Hon D.J. Kelly
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on 10 October 2018

WATER — LICENCE FEES

911. Hon JACQUI BOYDELL to the minister representing the Minister for Water:

I refer to the announcement on 10 May 2018 to increase water licence and permit assessment fees for the mining and the public water supply scheme by July 2018, subject to the gazettal of government, and the Treasurer's comments —

The additional revenue will be reinvested in the Department in the form of additional staff and implementation of digital services to improve service delivery and reduce environmental application assessment timeframes.

(1) Have many full-time equivalent positions have been acquired in anticipation for the cost recovery changes?

(2) What work has been done on the implementation of digital services to improve service delivery?

(3) To what extent will the outcome of the consultation process inform the government's decision to increase water licence and permit fees?

Hon DARREN WEST replied:

I thank the member for some notice of the question. I make the point that this question was lodged on Tuesday, 11 September 2018. On behalf of the minister representing the Minister for Water, I will give the answer as provided on that date.

(1) There has been none.

(2) System enhancements have been scoped to improve customer interactions with the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation, promote the uptake of online services and enhance licensee capacity for self-management.

(3) The consultation process will inform the government's decision on whether water licence and permit fees will apply to other sectors.