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Senator the Hon Don Farrell

Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water

External review of the National Water Commission

Media release
26 July 2011

The National Water Commission will be reviewed to assess the effectiveness and continuing appropriateness of its roles in promoting water reform objectives and outcomes.

The external review, which is required by the National Water Commission Act 2004, will also provide advice on appropriate options and institutional arrangements for implementing functions which the review considers should continue or commence.

Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water, Senator Don Farrell has appointed Dr David Rosalky to conduct the review.

“Dr Rosalky brings a wealth of expertise to the job, including more than 30 years experience in senior government positions in Australia and Canada,” Senator Farrell said.

“He has conducted reviews of public policy and expenditure programs and is a visiting fellow in policy and governance at the Crawford School of Economics and Government at the ANU.”

Dr Rosalky will be conducting this review on behalf of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG).

He will be supported by a secretariat from the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities accountable to the reviewer.

“Given the national significance of managing Australia's water resources wisely, this review is a very timely opportunity to consider what roles and functions will assist the ongoing process of water reform,” Senator Farrell said.

The review will be provided to COAG by the end of the year. Further information on the review can be found at