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Reading Group – Administration and Effectiveness of the ECL

17/07/2014 @ 7:30 am - 8:30 am


Since 2004–05, Victorians have been paying for the costs of sustainable water-related initiatives through their water bills. This has been in the form of the Environmental Contribution Levy (ECL), which is linked to the revenue of water businesses. By 2015–16 it is expected that almost $1 billion will have been collected through the ECL. The Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) is responsible for administering the ECL and the initiatives it funds.

The Victorian Auditor-General’s Office has just tabled it’s audit into the effectiveness of DEPI’s administration of the ECL. The audit examined the extent to which:

  • DEPI’s role in the administration and governance of the ECL is effective
  • initiatives funded by the levy have achieved their intended outcomes
  • there is sufficient transparency around the administration and achievements of the ECL and the initiatives funded.

The audit focused on how well DEPI—and the former DSE—has managed the levy and initiatives funded since its commencement in 2004.



Reading material:

The reading group will discuss the full report which can be read in HTML or downloaded as a pdf.

A video presentation on the outcomes is also available online at



7:30 am - 8:30 am
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