Review of administrative processes under Part 8 relating to the approval of Division 3 permits during 2020-21

Section 165 of the Water Management Act 1999 (WMA) requires that the Minister is to conduct an annual review of the operation of administrative processes under Part 8 of the Act. The terms of the review have been prescribed in regulation 29 of the Water Management Regulations 2009 (WMR).

As specified in the WMR, the annual review is to consist of a review of the operation of administrative processes undertaken, during 2020-21, for the purposes of processing and determining applications for Division 3 permits under Division 3 of Part 8 of the Act.

Regulation 29 requires that the annual review will consider:
  1. the reasons why particular administrative processes are performed in relation to applications for Division 3 permits under Division 3 of Part 8 of the Act and the determination of such applications;
  2. the simplicity, cost-effectiveness and timeliness of those administrative processes: and
  3. what improvements, if any, may be made to those administrative processes.

This is the last of six annual reviews with the legislative requirement to undertake a review expiring in 2022.  This annual review was conducted on behalf of the Minister by the Water Management and Assessment Branch in Natural Resources and Environment Tasmania (NRE Tas).