The Sydney Desalination Plant is primarily regulated via the Water Industry Competition Act 2006 (WIC Act) and supporting regulations. Under the WIC Act, the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal regulates SDP's pricing and monitors its licenced operations.
In addition, the plant operators, Veolia, hold an Environmental Protection Licence for the plant under the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997.
The Sydney Desalination Plant has a Water Quality Plan which specifies how the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines have been implemented.
As required by the NSW Minister for Planning as part of the planning approvals for Sydney's Desalination Project, below are the relevant environmental assessments, determinations, current approvals, licences and permits.