Portrait of the Hon Troy Grant
Interim Inspector-General of Water Compliance, the Hon Troy Grant


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:

  1. Provide independent oversight and monitor Commonwealth and Basin state compliance with and implementation of:
    1. the Water Act 2007 (Cth), the Basin Plan 2012 and other legislative instruments made under the Water Act;
    2. intergovernmental agreements and arrangements relating to the water resource management in the Murray-Darling Basin.
  2. Engage with the Australian community about the water resource management of the Murray-Darling Basin.
  3. 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.

Position vacant

Job Details

Title: Field Officer
Classification: APS 6 (equivalent)
Division: Compliance
Branch: Interim Inspector-General of Water Compliance
Location: Goondiwindi, Queensland
Mildura, Victoria
Loxton, South Australia
Dubbo, New South Wales
Albury, New South Wales
Employment Status: Contractor
Hours: Full time (12 months)
Security Clearance: Meet Fit and Proper Person requirements

The department is committed to fostering a diverse and flexible workplace that values differences, supports inclusiveness and encourages all employees regardless of gender, cultural background, disability, sexual orientation or caring responsibilities, to achieve their potential.

Who we are:

The Interim Inspector-General of Water Compliance (IIG) includes the following activities:

  • provide independent oversight and monitor Commonwealth and Murry-Darling Basin state compliance with and implementation of:
    • the Water Act 2007 (Cth) (Water Act), 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 water resource management of the Murray-Darling Basin

Your opportunity

Establish and maintain effective communication channels and cooperation with all stakeholders within your area of responsibility in the Murray Darling Basin. Maintain clear and effective communication regarding all outcomes and concerns in written and verbal formats to the Director - Field Operations.

The position requires a high level of autonomy and may require periods of working ‘one-up’ in rural or remote locations.

Responsibilities will include:

  • providing support to the Interim Inspector-General of Water Compliance (IIG).
  • handling of complaints and allegations, independent assurance of Basin Plan implementation and compliance responsibilities under the Basin Plan and Water Act 2007.
  • working with and liaising across Commonwealth and State agencies on matters relating to the IIG.
  • engaging and collaborating with key stakeholders.
  • assisting in managing business of government activities including providing briefs, correspondence, talking points for media, Ministers and senior executives.
  • managing general administrative support to IIG.

Skills and Capabilities

The successful candidate will be used to working in a high paced, agile environment and willing to take on a range of activities. You will have:

  • Highly developed interpersonal skills including diplomacy and ability to collaborate.
  • Sound judgement and the ability to set priorities, monitor own performance and produce high-quality work within agreed timeframes.
  • Strong organisational skills with the ability to show flexibility in your response to changing priorities.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills with the ability to research topical issues.
  • The ability to work productively in a team environment and also independently under limited supervision.
  • High-level policy formulation and analytical skills (including conceptual and problem-solving skills) and sound judgement.
  • Ability to develop and implement engagement strategy.

Desirable Qualifications

  • Experience working in a fast-paced and changing environment.
  • Experience in handling complaints, allegations, investigations, assurance and reporting
  • Experience working with legislative or regulatory frameworks.
  • Demonstrated understanding or knowledge of the Murray-Darling Basin is desirable.

Eligibility and other requirements

The successful applicant must hold and maintain a valid Australian motor vehicle drivers’ licence.

Security Assessment

Successful applicants will be required to meet fit and proper person requirements.

Statement of claims

Applicants are asked to submit a current CV/resume and a short statement of claims (no more than 200 words) that describes your suitability for the role.


Name: Brendan Murphy
Phone number: 0439614199
Email address: Brendan.murphy@agriculture.gov.au

Applications Close: 11 June 2021
Commencement: 23 July 2021


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