Regulatory framework

The Sydney Desalination Plant is primarily regulated via the Water Industry Competition Act 2006 (WIC Act) and supporting regulations. Under the WIC Act, the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal regulates SDP’s pricing and monitors its licenced operations. In addition, the plant operators, Veolia, hold an Environmental Protection Licence for the plant under the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997.

Water Quality

The Sydney Desalination Plant has a Water Quality Plan which specifies how the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines have been implemented.

Water Quantity

When operating, the Sydney Desalination Plant maximises the production of drinking water when Sydney catchment storage levels fall below 60% and until the storage levels rise to 70%.


The prices that the Sydney Desalination Plant charges are set by the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal under the WIC Act.


The Sydney Desalination Plan holds a Network Operator’s Licence and Retail Supplier’s Licence under the WIC Act.

Project Approvals

As required by the NSW Minister for Planning as part of the planning approvals for Sydney’s Desalination Project, below are the relevant environmental assessments, determinations, current approvals, licences and permits.


This is a repository for Sydney Desalination Plant documents that have been replaced or updated