SA Water

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS (14:44): I seek leave to make a brief explanation before asking
the Minister for Water and the River Murray questions regarding the water bill payment processes of
SA Water.

Leave granted.
The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS: It has been brought to my attention that recently SA Water has
changed the processing agent and postal address for customers making payment of their water bills
via cheque to a company located in Victoria. According to an explanation attached to customers'
bills, this recent change was apparently necessary due to changes in national banking rules;
however, it seems curious that such changes would require SA Water to send this particular service
provision interstate. My questions are:
1. Why has the service provider and postal address for customers paying SA Water
bills using cheques changed to a company located in Victoria?
2. What company has SA Water contracted in Victoria to provide this payment service
and is there a comparable South Australian service provider that could do the job?
3. Why can't payments using cheques continue to be processed within South Australia?
4. What is the cost to SA Water to use this interstate service rather than processing
these payments in South Australia?
The Hon. I.K. HUNTER (Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation,
Minister for Water and the River Murray, Minister for Climate Change) (14:45): I thank the
honourable member for his most important questions. It is most important particularly to me because
I pay my SA Water bills by cheque. I must say that I haven't come across that notice in my bill. Maybe
it's in the next billing cycle for me. However, I will take that question on notice. It is an intriguing
question and I will, with great interest, ask SA Water to offer me an explanation, which I will then
bring back to the council on behalf of the honourable member.