Audits and investigations

Audits and investigations

The Inspector-General of Water Compliance is an independent regulator. The position has powers under the Water Act 2007 (Cth) (the Act). They include inquiry, audit, enforcement and investigation.

Audits are a tool available to the Inspector-General under section 73L of the Act. They can be conducted into the extent of compliance with the Basin Plan 2012 (Cth) or Water Resource Plans. This helps check if Commonwealth and Basin state agencies are compliant with resource management

The Inspector-General can conduct investigations, such as looking into possible violations. This is under section 137(a) and Part 10AA of the Act. Investigative powers include: enter lands and buildings, get monitoring warrants, and collect evidence.

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