Review of the Water for the Environment Special Account

A review of the Water for the Environment Special Account is underway.

This is the first of 2 reviews required under the Water Act 2007.

Independent panel

This review is being conducted by an independent 3-member panel appointed in mid-2019.

Panellists are:

  • Ms Sally Farrier (chair)
  • Mr Simon Lewis AO PSM
  • Ms Merran Kelsall FCPA FCA.


The panel released a discussion paper on the review of the Water for the Environment Special Account in November 2019.

You can read the discussion paper on Have Your Say.

The panel sought feedback from 8 November to 6 December 2019 through:

  • face-to-face meetings
  • an online survey
  • written submissions.

Feedback will be considered by the panel. They are preparing a report to the Australian Government, due in the first half of 2020.

Learn more.

Focus of the review

The panel will consider whether allocated funds are enough to:

  • reach the target of 450 gigalitres of environmental water by 2024
  • ease or remove constraints to delivery of environmental water by 2024.

Terms of reference

You can download the terms of reference for the review.


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Terms of Reference PDF 1 414 KB
Terms of Reference DOCX 1 22 KB

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Last reviewed: 9 December 2019
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