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The North Queensland Water Infrastructure Authority is an Executive Agency under Section 65 of the Public Service Act 1999, with the following responsibilities:
- To provide strategic planning and coordination of Commonwealth resources to implement the Hughenden Irrigation Scheme project and Hells Gates Dam Scheme (including Big Rocks Weir) project.
- To coordinate information sharing among relevant regulatory authorities necessary to implement the Hughenden Irrigation Scheme project and the Hells Gates Dam Scheme (including Big Rocks Weir) project.
- To provide advice to the Minister on the progress of the Hughenden Irrigation Scheme and the Hells Gates Dam Scheme (including Big Rocks Weir) project.
- To undertake other relevant tasks as the Minister may require from time to time.
The North Queensland Water Infrastructure Authority’s primary role is to provide rigorous, independent, and balanced advice to the Minister responsible for the Authority; to commission research into prospective water projects in northern Queensland supported under the $1.3 billion National Water Infrastructure Development Fund; and appropriately manage water infrastructure projects as directed by the Minister.
On 19 September 2019 the scope of responsibilities was reduced by the responsible Minister to instead focus on the Hughenden Irrigation Scheme and the Hells Gates Dam (incl Big Rocks Weir) Scheme. In early 2020, an additional project was assigned to the Authority to investigate further potential irrigation opportunities in the Upper Burdekin Basin.