- New fees to recover costs for assessment of water licences and permits for mining and public water supply sectors
- These sectors are two of the State's biggest water users by volume
- Cost recovery is about reducing red tape
New fees will be introduced for water licence and permit assessments from July 1, 2018 for two of the State's biggest water users - the mining and public water supply sectors.
The new fees will recover some of the costs of the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation's assessment processes.
Currently no licence fees are charged, yet it costs the department $720,000 each year to assess licence and permit applications and renewals for these sectors.
The water licence assessment fees will fall into three price categories to reflect the level of effort involved in the assessment of applications.
The fees range from $5,357 to $8,929 for a new water licence, which typically has a duration of 10 years. Licence renewals will cost between $4,001 and $6,668.
Charges will also be introduced for approval to construct wells and for permits to interfere with river beds and banks.
All fees will be retained by the department to improve service delivery for industry. These charges will recover $2.9 million over four years.
For more 2018-19 State Budget information, visit http://www.ourstatebudget.wa.gov.au
Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly:
"Presently it costs the WA taxpayer $720,000 each year for the department to assess water applications for these sectors.
"These charges represent a minor change to the overall cost structures of miners and public water supply sectors.
"They will also ensure timely approvals are delivered to support industry."
Minister's office - 6552 6100