The Inspector-General will receive a statement of expectations from the Minister outlining regulatory performance expectations and operating with the highest levels of integrity.
An annual workplan is developed each year and will inform the Australian community of the priorities of the Inspector-General for that year, including the work to be undertaken by the office.
The Inspector-General’s legislative functions can be found at Water Act 2007 s 215C
The Inspector-General will not duplicate the roles of existing Commonwealth or state government agencies in addressing instances of non-compliance and/or illegal activity.
This work plan reflects the Inspector-General’s approach to ensure water is managed in accordance with the rules set by the Basin Plan and report the facts to the community.
The Inspector-General has a proactive approach to address the risks in water compliance and areas where the office has concerns about water management and compliance.
As an independent regulator, the Inspector General has discretion in performing compliance and enforcement functions, and at any time may use his powers and choose to change his priorities beyond those published in the work plan.