Independent Peer Review of the NWA Process
Client: Bureau of Meteorology
Through the NWI, governments across Australia have committed to improve the accounting for water as part of moves to improve the management of this critical resource.
The Commonwealth Water Act 2007 allocated responsibility for producing a National Water Account to the Bureau of Meteorology. The Bureau has undertaken a range of activities, including a major pilot study to trial methods that can be used to prepare the first NWA.
DG Consulting and Perienne Pty Ltd were engaged to assess if the Bureau was on track to produce the first NWA in 2010. The review examined the outcomes of the methods pilot and assessed the adequacy of a wide range of elements underpinning the preparation of the NWA, ranging from governance and accounting concepts through to staffing resources and skills.
The review identified a range of issues and developed a list of recommendations to address these matters and enable the timely production of the first NWA.