WSAA welcomes the opportunity to provide a submission to the Department of Environment and Energy on the Communications Alliance on the Consultation Paper for Review of the Guidelines and Essential Users Determination under the Liquid Fuel Emergency Act 1984, August 2018 (The Consultation Paper).
In late August, the federal Department of Environment and Energy released a consultation paper for Review of the Guidelines and Essential Users Determination under the Liquid Fuel Emergency Act 1984. Of particular concern to the water industry was that water utilities are not currently listed as an essential user in the event of a national liquid fuel emergency (one which resulted in the rationing of diesel and petrol fuels). This has significant implications for business continuity in terms of vehicles and ability to get servicing crews to treatment plants and field sites. WSAA has worked with the Water Sector Services Group (a group of water utility resilience experts formed under the Department of Home Affairs) to provide a submission to the consultation paper, calling for all water utilities to be recognised as essential users in the event of a national liquid fuel emergency.