(1) The Minister may appoint expert advisory panels for the purpose of this Act.(2) An expert advisory panel is to consist of such persons as, in the opinion of the Minister, have the qualifications and expertise appropriate to the matters proposed to be referred to it.(3) An expert advisory panel has the function of investigating, and reporting to the Minister on, such of the following matters as are referred to it for investigation and report:(a) any State Water Management Outcomes Plan to be established under section 6,(b) the terms of reference to be set by the Minister under section 15 for the preparation of a draft management plan,(c) the adequacy and appropriateness of the provisions of a draft management plan submitted to the Minister under section 37 or 40,(d) the effectiveness, in relation to the furthering of the water sharing principles, of any bulk access regime established by a management plan to be made by the Minister under section 41,(e) any management plan in respect of which a review is being carried out under section 43,(f) any implementation program to be established under section 51.
(1) The Minister may establish a Water Innovation Council for the purposes of this Act.(2) The Water Innovation Council is to consist of such persons as, in the opinion of the Minister, have the qualifications and expertise appropriate to the function of the Council.(3) The function of the Water Innovation Council is to advise the Minister and catchment management authorities on the identification and pursuit of measures for water conservation, including measures for:(a) the recovery of water (that is, preventing the loss of water from uncapped bores, porous irrigation channels, evaporation and the like), and(b) the re-use of water, and(c) the efficient use of water.
The Council is also to advise the Minister on any other matter that is referred by the Minister for advice.(4) Provisions with respect to the members and procedure of the Water Innovation Council or any other advisory body established under this section are, subject to any requirements of the regulations, to be determined by the Minister.
The Minister may establish advisory and other committees for the purposes of this Act.
(1) The Minister may delegate to any person any functions conferred or imposed on the Minister by or under this Act, other than this power of delegation.(2) Despite subsection (1), the Director-General may sub-delegate to any person any such function that has been delegated to the Director-General, but only if the terms of the delegation authorise the Director-General to sub-delegate that function.
(1) The Minister may authorise a catchment management authority to exercise the following functions:(a) assisting the Minister or a management committee in the development of, in consultations about or in the implementation of management plans,(b) managing adaptive environmental water under access licences,(c) monitoring water quality and other environmental health objectives of management plans (including in connection with a review or audit of any such plan).(2) A catchment management authority may, with the approval of the Minister, acquire, hold and deal with access licences.(3) This section does not limit section 389.
(1) The Minister may appoint authorised officers, either for the purposes of this Act generally or for the purposes of any specified provisions of this Act.(2) The Minister may appoint authorised analysts for the purposes of this Act.
(1) Any dispute arising between two or more public authorities as to the exercise of their functions under this Act is to be resolved:(a) by agreement between the Ministers responsible for them, or(b) if the dispute is between Ministers, by the Premier.(2) Each public authority must comply with any directions arising out of the resolution of the dispute under this section.
(1) The Minister may enter into arrangements with a Minister of any other State or Territory with respect to the carrying out of administrative functions in relation to access licences or approvals, and their equivalents in the other State or Territory, in cases referred to in section 71W (2) or 89 (2).(2) Without limiting subsection (1), such arrangements may be made with respect to the following:(a) the collection of fees, charges and civil penalties,(b) the keeping of water allocation accounts.