Submission to State Water Price Inquiry

Prior to the 2018 election, Business SA called for an independent assessment of SA Water’s assets base which drives approximately two thirds of their water prices. The Government recently established an independent water price inquiry led by Mr Lew Owens and Business SA engaged CEPA Economic Policy Associates to provide technical research which found an over-valuation of nearly $2 billion, equating to 12% of the average bill. Numerous case studies were also compiled with the assistance of water intensive members to demonstrate how high water prices impact the SA business community.

Business SA lobbies on behalf of members to ensure the voice of South Australian business is heard and that we achieve the best environment in which to do business. A significant part of that lobbying effort is through written submissions we make to all levels of government and other organisations such as utility companies, either in response to formal reviews of for example, legislation, or proactively where we wish to progress a particular issue not high enough on the government’s agenda. This might include submissions before the State Budget or where say, the government is reviewing options to reduce red-tape. We also make regular submissions to the Fair Work Commission to advocate the interests of our members with respect to Modern Awards and other industrial matters.

Business SA’s policy team relies heavily on member input into our submissions to ensure that we have the most comprehensive and current perspective from members for any position we take on your behalf. So if you are asked to complete a survey, speak with a policy team member on the phone or participate in a member forum, we appreciate your involvement as it all helps to strengthen the case of business.

Submission to State Water Price Inquiry

Date Published: January 2019

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