Interim Inspector-General of Water Compliance appointed

16 December 2020

The Hon Troy Grant has been appointed as the Interim Inspector-General of Water Compliance (IIGWC) for the Murray-Darling Basin. 

Minister for Resources, Water and Northern Australia Keith Pitt said Mr Grant would bring a great depth of experience and a valuable combination of skills to the role, which includes 22 years served in the New South Wales Police Force, including as an inspector in the area of major crime investigations.

“The IIGWC role will ensure strong accountability and compliance with the Water Act and the Basin Plan. This will instil greater confidence in local communities and stakeholders in the integrity of water management,” Minister Pitt said. 

“The Interim Inspector-General will play a key role in ensuring compliance is robust without duplicating the states’ legislative arrangements. This will ensure effective management of our precious river systems.

“It is my expectation that the Interim Inspector-General will engage and work closely with communities to ensure compliance with water rules and to ensure a transparent and accountable approach to engagement. 

“Mr Grant’s strong leadership skills have been honed throughout his career as a former member of parliament and as Deputy Premier of NSW, where his portfolios included Justice, Police, Emergency Services and Natural Resources.

“In 2012, he was awarded the National Police medal in recognition of his commitment to ethical and diligent service.

“This extensive experience and Mr Grant’s unique leadership attributes make him an ideal fit for this important role so he can hit the ground running as a strong voice on critical Murray-Darling Basin water matters. 

“This appointment is another demonstration of the Coalition Government’s commitment to put local communities at the heart of the Basin Plan.” 

Mr Grant will commence in the IIGWC role before Christmas and will be supported by the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment. 

The establishment of the statutory Inspector-General of Water Compliance position and the movement of compliance functions out of the MDBA is due to commence in July 2021 pending successful passage of the supporting legislation. 

For more information on the Interim Inspector-General of Water Compliance including the Inspector’s Terms of Reference and contact details please visit https://www.igwc.gov.au.