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Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards (WELS) Scheme: Three-year strategic plan Review Findings - Governance • Role of WELSAC has not been as intended under the IGA. • As such, the EPHC has been the inter- jurisdictional body oversighting WELS. • For several reasons, this is not appropriate. Review Findings - Governance • A more effective governance arrangement is required working within existing institutional arrangements. • ‘Oversight’ role of WELSAC needs to be made clear so that it exercises a more effective role in the administration and development of the scheme. • Ministerial Council would then exercise a more appropriate high-level decision-making role. • WELSAC needs to have a concrete on-going and appropriate task. • This would be the role of developing a 3-year strategic plan and budget for the scheme. The 3-Year Strategic Plan • The 3-year plan would set out operational priorities for the scheme including: – Proposed new products, standards and minimum WES for investigation – Compliance activities – Communications – Other priorities • Importantly, the plan would include the budget required to undertake the priority activities. • Plan would be drafted by the WELS Regulator and submitted to WELSAC for consideration and agreement. • Once agreed, the plan would be submitted to Ministerial Council. The 3-Year Strategic Plan • Once agreed by Ministerial Council, decision-making power would be delegated to WELSAC in relation to the priorities in the 3-year plan. • WELSAC would provide an annual report to Council on the performance and outcomes against the approved strategic plan. – Including approvals for any required revisions. Questions for discussion 1. What do you want a 3-year strategic plan to do? 2. What sort of a WELS scheme do you want? 3. What things need to be included in the 2012-15 WELS strategic plan? i. which are essential to be included? ii. which are not essential but are desirable? iii. what things do not need to be in the strategic plan?
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