Annual Report 2014/2015 Utilities Commission
Tabled paper 1571
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32 Licensing The Commission issues licences to persons wishing to carry on operations in the Territorys water and sewerage industries under a sole supplier model. Specific geographical areas may be declared by the Minister, by way of a notice in the Gazette, to be a water or sewerage supply licence area pursuant to sections 8 and 9 of the Water Supply and Sewerage Services Act. A licence is required for the provision of water supply services and sewerage supply services within an area gazetted under the Water Supply and Sewerage Services Act as a water or sewerage supply licence area. For each water or sewerage supply service within a gazetted water or sewerage supply licence area, the Commission may only grant a single licence for each of the relevant services provided. The Commission is not empowered to issue licences for service provision that takes place outside a water or sewerage licence area. The Commission must make a water supply or sewerage services licence subject to conditions approved by the Minister. As at 30 June 2015, Power and Water held two licences under Part 2 of the Water Supply and Sewerage Services Act: water supply; and sewerage services. A general exemption from the need to hold a licence is also in effect for persons on-supplying water services within prescribed licence areas, on the condition that they have been granted the approval of the licensee of the water supply licence area to carry on on-supply operations in the water supply licence area. There were no applications for water or sewerage licences or exemptions and no variations applied for or made to the terms and conditions of existing licences during the year. Service Performance The Commission has no role in developing service standards in the water and sewerage industry. Minimum standards that a licensee must meet in providing water supply and sewerage services to customers may be set by the Minister for Essential Services in accordance with section 45 of the Water Supply and Sewerage Services Act. Price Regulation Water and sewerage prices paid by customers, whether residential or commercial, are regulated directly by the Territory Government via a Water and Sewerage Pricing Order (WSPO) made under section 60 of the Water Supply and Sewerage Services Act.