Following a 30 year career of public service in Government, Law Enforcement, Emergency Services, Social Justice, community & charity, the Honourable Troy Grant was announced as Interim Inspector-General of Water Compliance by Minister for Water the Hon Keith Pitt MP on 16 December 2020.
Mr Grant who has lived and worked in the Northern & Southern Basins for over 40 years served in the New South Wales Police Force for 22 years, achieving the rank of Inspector and holding many roles including major crime investigation, intelligence, community policing, human resources, and project management. Mr Grant was a decorated officer who served the majority of his career in the regions. He was awarded the National Police Medal, which recognises an officer’s commitment to ethical and diligent service.
Entering the 55th New South Wales Parliament in March 2011 as the 13th elected State Member for Dubbo, Mr Grant held a number of Ministerial positions, became Deputy Premier of NSW in 2014. During his time in Parliament, Mr Grant’s portfolios spanned Natural Resources, Arts, Justice, Police and Emergency Services, Trade and Investment, Regional Infrastructure and Tourism.
During Mr Grant’s parliamentary career, he initiated and oversaw a significant reform to the NSW Police Force (including governance reforms), designed and implemented the Law Enforcement Conduct Commission to streamline and strengthen law enforcement oversight and established a Special Commission of Inquiry into the Greyhound Racing Industry to investigate animal welfare and integrity issues. In the Natural Resources portfolio Mr Grant over three years managed complex land and water issues involving a diverse range of stakeholders including as Chair of the Land & Water Advisory Panel leading the NSW consultation process across the Basin and Chairing the Forest Industries Taskforce. He was patron of Landcare NSW securing record funding for the organisation and was the first member to speak Wiradjuri language in the NSW Parliament.
Mr Grant retired from the NSW Ministry on 2 April 2019 and has been Managing Director of Perspective Advisory Services since May 2019. Mr Grant’s other current positions include Conjoint Professor of Practice (Public Administration) – University of Newcastle, Chairman of Integrity Assurance Committee – Racing NSW and Chairman of the International Rugby League.
Mr Grant lives in Queensland with his wife and has two adult children.
Terms of reference
The Interim Inspector-General will deliver the highest accountability for water use and will seek to restore confidence for all stakeholders in the integrity of the Murray–Darling Basin Plan.
The Interim Inspector-General of Water Compliance will:
- Provide independent oversight and monitor Commonwealth and Basin state compliance with and implementation of:
- the Water Act 2007 (Cth), the Basin Plan 2012 and other legislative instruments made under the Water Act;
- intergovernmental agreements and arrangements relating to the water resource management in the Murray-Darling Basin.
- Engage with the Australian community about the water resource management of the Murray-Darling Basin.
- Provide advice relating to any of the above functions to the Commonwealth Minister responsible for water from time to time, or as requested by the Minister. The Minister will make the advice public and provide it to the Murray-Darling Basin Ministerial Council.
The Interim Inspector-General will also:
- establish processes for the receipt of allegations of non-compliance with the Water Act, the Basin Plan and water resource plans
- provide information and assistance to people seeking to report alleged non-compliance to appropriate authorities, noting that Basin states and territory governments have primary responsibility for implementing and enforcing compliance in their areas
- report to the Minister on the focus areas and work of the Inspector-General annually.
The Interim Inspector-General will not duplicate the roles of existing Commonwealth or state government agencies in addressing instances of non-compliance and/or illegal activity.
Until amendments to the Water Act are made, the MDBA will retain responsibility for compliance and enforcement with the Water Act, Basin Plan and Water Resource Plans.