SA Water was established as a public corporation on 1 July 1995 under the South Australian Water Corporation Act 1994. Legislation guides SA Water’s operations, the most significant include:
- Public Corporations Act 1993
- Water Industry Act 2012
- Safe Drinking Water Act 2011
- South Australian Public Health Act 2011
- Work, Health and Safety Act 2012
- Environment Protection Act 1993
- Landscape South Australia Act 2019.
The Essential Services Commission of South Australia is the state’s independent economic regulator and so sets service standards and revenue caps for the essential water and sewerage services we deliver for our customers.
SA Health sets and monitors standards for drinking water quality and regulates recycled water use in the state.
The Office of the Technical Regulator sets standards and requirements for water and sewerage infrastructure, and the operation of that infrastructure, to ensure public safety.
The Environment Protection Authority sets standards for acceptable discharge from wastewater treatment facilities and monitors our operations and activities to minimise impact on the environment.
The Department for Environment and Water regulates access to natural water sources, protects water catchments and native vegetation and is the state body responsible for the River Murray as part of arrangements for managing the Murray-Darling Basin.
The Board is appointed under the South Australian Water Corporation Act 1994 to govern the business on behalf of the state government, reporting to the Minister for Environment and Water. The Board sets our strategic direction and monitors performance, driving efficiency and protecting our long-term financial viability in accordance with the Public Corporations Act 1993.
The following Board directors, appointed by the Governor of South Australia, served during 2019-20:
- Andrew Fletcher AO, Chair
- John Bastian AM
- Sue Filby
- Janet Finlay
- Chris Ford (from 3 August 2019)
- Fiona Hele
- Ian Stirling (to 2 August 2019)
- Roch Cheroux (to 16 August 2019)
- David Ryan (from 11 November 2019).
Day to day management of the business is delegated by the Board through the Chief Executive to the Senior Leadership Team. Pursuant to section 18 of the South Australian Water Corporation Act 1994, the Minister has delegated authority to the Board of SA Water to approve procurements of up to $10 million and expenditure up to $4 million on any one project.
A charter prepared by the Minister and the Treasurer, in consultation with the Board, was in place for 2019-20 in accordance with section 12 of the Public Corporations Act 1993. The charter guided the Board in seeking to balance community service with prudent commercial principles.
Directors’ interests and benefits
For 2019-20, no director had an interest in any contract or proposed contract with SA Water, other than contracts in the ordinary course of business. No benefits were received by any director of SA Water by virtue of a contract that was made with SA Water, other than in normal course of business as set out in the financial statements.
The Board has established a committee structure to assist it in meeting its responsibilities. Each committee has a charter that guides its functions and duties and is reviewed regularly.
Governance, Finance and Risk Committee – supports the Board in fulfilling its governance and oversight responsibilities in relation to our financial planning and reporting, internal and external audit, internal control processes, risk management systems, compliance, and fraud control.
Strategy, Policy and Innovation Committee – assists the Board’s oversight of our long-term strategy to ensure we remain a valuable, relevant and effective water and sewerage service provider with high levels of customer, community and stakeholder service and support.
People and Culture Committee – supports the Board on matters associated with workforce planning, remuneration and corporate culture, taking into account the strategy, government policy, relevant Board policies, business needs and regulatory requirements.