As part of an ongoing process to introduce competition in to the water services market, we operate the Water Industry Registration Scheme (WIRS) and Water Industry Registration Scheme Accredited Entity (WIRSAE) program on behalf of water utility companies.
We perform technical assessments of companies who elect to be assessed to become a WIRS registered provider (commonly known as self-lay organisations or SLOs) for contestable works associated with the installation of water infrastructure.
The Water Industry Registration Scheme Accredited Entity (WIRSAE) has been developed to allow contractors, who fulfil the scheme requirements, to become registered as accredited WIRSAE Providers. WIRSAE Providers are referred to as Accredited Entities in the Wholesale Retail Code.
WIRSAE accreditation (and subsequent registration), allows WIRSAE Providers to tender for and to carry out for Retailers' water supply disconnections and meter installation/replacement works, relevant to their level of accreditation, as an alternative to the Wholesaler, known as the adopting utility, in whose area the work is being done.