Following a 30 year career of public service in Government, Law Enforcement, Emergency Services, Social Justice, community and 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, and was appointed the Inspector-General of Water Compliance on 05 August 2021.
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.
- The new statutory role of the Inspector-General of Water Compliance (Inspector-General) brings together the Commonwealth’s responsibilities into a single statutory office.
- The Inspector-General will also have the compliance and enforcement functions currently held by the Murray-Darling Basin Authority.
- The new Inspector-General of Water Compliance will have regulatory powers under Commonwealth law.
- The Inspector-General will be able to work across the whole Basin to strengthen compliance, increase transparency and improve trust.
- The Inspector-General will provide independent oversight and monitoring of Commonwealth and Basin state compliance.
- A key priority for the Inspector-General will be to encourage greater consistency in the guidelines and standards across the Basin—so all water users are held to the same high bar. To do this, the Inspector-General will have new powers to make guidelines and standards, which will help build greater consistency across the Basin.
- The Inspector-General’s main areas of compliance responsibility are:
- monitoring and auditing of water resource plan compliance
- investigating and enforcing non-compliance with sustainable diversion limits and assurance of Basin state compliance and enforcement frameworks, through audits and investigations
- supporting the development and implementation of standards and methods to improve the accuracy of water measurement to increase the transparency of water take across the Basin
- enforcing compliance with the Basin Plan water trading rules
- monitoring and reporting on the requirements of the Basin Plan and water resource plans related to the protection of planned environmental water
- The MDBA will retain its roles in:
- assessing water resource plans
- SDL accounting and reporting and
- the development of remote sensing and emerging technologies and the evaluation of Basin Plan outcomes
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