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INFLUENTIAL PERSPECTIVES

Aither regularly delivers independent reviews and publicly released reports for government, and is active in publishing media articles in our fields of expertise.
Prices for WaterNSW’s Rural Bulk Water Services from 1 July 2017
IPART undertook an investigation into WaterNSW’s proposed rural bulk water charges from 1 July 2017, consistent with the requirements of the legislative framework. Aither (and partners) were engaged by IPART to undertake an independent expenditure review for WaterNSW’s bulk water-related functions. This review supported IPART in reaching a determination about the maximum prices that WaterNSW can charge for the next price determination period (from 1 July 2017). See more...
H2oX Water Podcast: Episode 2 - featuring Senior Consultant Daniel Baker
Episode 2 of the H2OX Water Podcast features Senior Consultant Daniel Baker. Jack and Dan talk spot and forward market trends, Aither's pioneer Southern MDB Entitlement Index, and results from the annual water auction - live from Riverina Field Days in Griffith, NSW. See more...
Water Markets in New South Wales
Aither undertook research and analysis on the trends and drivers of water market activity across NSW. This included analysing 10 key regions to determine key factors influencing the nature and extent of trade in those regions, and providing an overarching summary of market activity in NSW and the reasons for divergences between regions. The work included qualitative and quantitative methods, consultation with stakeholders, and analysis of policy and regulatory issues and constraints associated with market use and development. See more...
Water Markets in New South Wales: Launch presentation
Melbourne Director Chris Olszak presented at the launch of the Water Markets in New South Wales Report. See more...
Water Markets in New South Wales - Launch video
Melbourne Director Chris Olszak was interviewed about the Water Markets in New South Wales report. See more...
WaterGuide
Aither, the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Australian Water Partnership have collaborated to develop and publish WaterGuide, an organising framework for improving water resource management and use in response to scarcity. WaterGuide can be used by decision makers to diagnose strengths, weaknesses and gaps in current water planning, allocation and use arrangements, and design a roadmap for improved water policy and management driven by short-, medium- and long-term priorities. See more...
Submission to the Australian Government's Foreign Policy White Paper: Water and Australia's Foreign Policy
Aither made a public submission to the Australian Foreign Policy White Paper in February 2017. Aither argued that Australia’s opportunity to be a leader of improved water resource management has never been more apparent. Australia should leverage its own water policy skills and experience to develop Australian-led frameworks for improving water management and use. At the same time, Australia should shape a coordinated approach to water sector export promotion and seek to be regarded as a member of the water industry export elite. The White Paper is intended to be a ‘comprehensive framework to guide Australia’s international engagement over the next five to ten years. See more...
A review of socio-economic neutrality in the context of Murray-Darling Basin Plan implementation
Aither's report for NSW DPI Water reviews current policy provisions relating to socio-economic neutrality requirements for further water recovery under the Murray-Darling Basin Plan. The review incorporated development of a working definition of ‘socio-economic neutrality’, which in turn informed intergovernmental deliberations relating to finalisation of Basin Plan implementation activities. See more...
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WaterNSW Prices for Rural Bulk Water Services: Cost recovery scoping study
Aither's report for IPART reviews options and establish key principles for setting prices for WaterNSW’s rural bulk water services in valleys substantially below full cost recovery. The final report provides analysis and recommendations for IPART's review of WaterNSW’s prices in valleys substantially below full cost recovery. See more...
MDBA expenditure review: A review of MDBA expenditure and cost sharing in NSW
Aither's report for IPART reviews the cost sharing, expenditure and management arrangements with the Murray-Darling Basin Authority (MDBA). The final report provides analysis and recommendations for IPART's review of WaterNSW’s prices. See more...
Water NSW rural bulk water services expenditure review: A review of capital and operating expenditure
Aither's report for IPART reviews WaterNSW’s capital expenditure, asset planning and operating expenditure proposals for rural bulk water services. The final report provides analysis and recommendations. See more...
Water market drivers in the southern MDB: Implications for the dairy industry
Aither’s report for Dairy Australia on trends in the southern MDB water market was released earlier this week. The report builds on previous reports by bringing together supply and demand side drivers, including the reallocation of water to the environment and increased demand by some irrigation industries and urban water authorities. See more...
Valuing Water
Aither’s report for the UN/World Bank High-level Panel on Water has been published. Valuing Water outlines global actions to accelerate progress toward the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 through the appropriate and accurate valuation of water resources. The report includes case studies of administrative and market-based valuation of water resources from Africa, Asia, the Middle East and South America. The framing note was presented by the Australian Government in New York for consideration by the High-level Panel on Water. See more...
Supply-side drivers of water allocation prices
Aither completed a report for the Commonwealth Department of Agriculture and Water Resources that assessed the impact of climatic conditions and government water purchases on water allocation prices in the southern Murray-Darling Basin. Drawing on Aither’s model, the report finds that government water entitlement purchases have had an impact on prices, although climatic conditions have been the prime driver of water allocation price increases experienced over the last five years. See more...
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Interview on investment in water - with Alan Kohler of the Constant Investor
On 22 October 2016, Director Chris Olszak spoke with Alan Kohler of The Constant Investor on recent trends in water markets and opportunities for investors. The interview highlighted the case for investment in water based on changing supply and demand fundamentals in the Murray-Darling Basin. Chris discussed the different investment vehicles now appearing in Australia’s world leading water market, including listed and non-listed entities.
Listen to the interview here
Structural Adjustment in Regional Australia
Drawing on a range of case studies and experiences, this report is an attempt to better inform the way policy instruments and levers are adopted and leveraged with regard to structural adjustment. The report is policy-oriented and pitched at providing lessons and insights for decision-makers through a concise and clear interrogation of the nature of structural adjustment, defining the role of government and analysis of adjustment outcomes from past experiences and how to better approach structural adjustment issues in the future. See more...
Independent Review of the Product Stewardship (Oil) Act 2000
Aither undertook the Third Independent Review of the Product Stewardship (Oil) Act 2000. The review included consideration of whether the existing model is the most appropriate way to manage used oil in Australia, assessment of the environmental and financial sustainability of the Scheme, and application of economic models to determine the financial and environmental impacts of potential changes. See more...
10-Year Evaluation of the Victorian Environmental Contribution
Aither was engaged to undertake an evaluation of the overall effectiveness of the Victorian Environmental Contribution over the ten years since it was first established. The evaluation focussed on nine investment categories covering all of the individual funded initiatives over the ten year period. See more...
2015 WELS Scheme Review
Tom Mollenkopf (Aither Senior Associate) was appointed as the independent reviewer to undertake the 2015 Independent Review of the Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards (WELS) Scheme. The Former Commonwealth Department of the Environment engaged Aither to act as the Review’s project support team. The Review assessed the appropriateness, efficiency and effectiveness of the WELS Scheme, and the extent to which its administration has met the objects of the WELS Act 2005. See more...
Changing supply and demand for water
Water markets in Australia have developed substantially over the past two decades. In this article, included as part of the Australian Water Association’s August 2015 Water Journal, Aither tests the hypothesis that recent increases in water allocation and entitlement prices not only reflect recent drying climatic conditions, but also changes in underlying supply and demand side factors. See more...
Contemporary trends and drivers of irrigation in the southern Murray-Darling Basin
Aither was engaged by the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) to report on recent and future trends in irrigated agriculture in the southern Murray-Darling Basin (sMDB). The report is targeted at public and private decision makers who stand to benefit from an improved understanding of current and future trends in irrigated agriculture and water markets in the sMDB. See more...
WaterNSW Greater Sydney expenditure review
Aither was engaged by the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) to undertake an independent review of WaterNSW’s past and proposed capital and operating expenditure for the Greater Sydney Area component of the business. Our report provides analysis and recommendations for IPART's consideration for its review of WaterNSW’s prices. See more...
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