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A short institutional and regulatory history of the Australian urban water sector


  • Byrnes, Joel


This paper provides a synopsis of the current regulatory and institutional arrangements that pertain to the urban water and wastewater sector in Australia. A short and selected institutional history of the urban water sectors in the Australian cities of Sydney and Melbourne is outlined, followed by an analysis of the relative effectiveness of the institutional structures in enabling the sector to respond to the challenges faced by the sector in the future.

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  • Byrnes, Joel, 2013. "A short institutional and regulatory history of the Australian urban water sector," Utilities Policy, Elsevier, vol. 24(C), pages 11-19.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:juipol:v:24:y:2013:i:c:p:11-19
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jup.2012.09.001

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