Category: Emerging Issue



EMERGING ISSUE: AS OUR POPULATION GROWS AND THE DROUGHT BITES – HOW RESILIENT ARE OUR WATER SUPPLIES?

Several issues emerging in the public arena present a complex, emotive and interconnected conundrum for policy makers and service providers alike – particularly in the current political context. Important questions are being posed around the resilience of systems fundamental to meeting our most basic needs. Water, food and energy. Winter in the NSW food bowl…



Water Utilities need a long-term energy strategy

Australia’s energy markets are delivering unprecedented electricity price increases and volatility. As significant electricity users, water utilities are clearly exposed to these forces. Balancing these risks is the opportunity to adopt alternative technology solutions and participate in existing and emergent markets. This Emerging Issue identifies the technology solutions and markets, shows how some water utilities…




M&A activity in Australian electricity services sector set to increase

Emerging Issue: Some recent developments in the electricity industry seem to have significantly reduced the volume of services that network service providers (NSPs) outsource to external providers in the electricity services sector. Reasons for this reduction include: Reduction in NSPs operating expenditure due to recent AER determinations Reduction in NSPs capital expenditure due to overcapacity…


Shared services back on the agenda

Emerging Issue: The Federal Government is making a renewed push for whole-of-government sharing of back-office services during 2016. Speaking in December 2015, the Finance Minister, Senator the Hon. Mathias Cormann said the move was intended to ensure better value for money for taxpayers building on $44 million savings already realised in the 2015-16 budget. The…


How the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement could impact energy investment in Australia

Emerging Issue: The signing of the Trans Pacific Partnership presents implications for energy investments in Australia. The Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) – which will see the elimination of 98% of tariffs among 12 Pacific Rim nations(1) that in total account for 40% of global GDP – was formally signed on 4 February 2016, by Australia’s…