Trade wastewater fees

The costs you're responsible for

What we charge for your trade wastewater discharge covers what it costs to manage and treat it. Our charges are made up of 2 parts: management fees and waste quality charges.


Management fees

This is a summary of management fees that cover our administration, monitoring, sampling and inspection costs.

  • Additional inspection fees apply when we need to do more than the planned inspections (which are included in the permit fees). These inspections can be to monitor trade waste discharge or to ensure a customer complies with requirements.
  • Quarterly fee is based on the maximum of 92 days. Quarters with fewer days will cost less.
  • Variation fees cover the cost of validating and processing changes to an existing approval. You may request a variation once every 6 months.
     

Commercial customers

Fees 2021–22 charge 2022–23 charge

Application fee

No fee

No fee

Variation fee

No fee

No fee

Additional inspections

$210.08

$223.32

Liquid waste trap (grease trap) quarterly charge

$10.55 per trap (grease trap)

$11.21 per trap

Quarterly permit fees – first process

$27.98

$29.74

Quarterly permit fees – each additional process

$9.32

$9.91

Download our Commercial customers: Trade wastewater fees and charges (329KB) fact sheet.

Industrial customers

Fees 2021–22 charge 2022–23 charge

Application fee (standard)

$830.76

$883.10

Variation fee

$467.90

$497.38

Renewal fee

No fee

No fee

Additional inspections

$210.08

$223.32

Liquid waste trap (grease trap) quarterly charge

$10.55 per trap (grease trap)

$11.21 per trap

Quarterly consent fees Risk Index 1, 2 or 3

$2,796.94

$2,973.15

Quarterly consent fees Risk Index 4

$1,290.90

$1,372.22

Quarterly consent fees Risk Index 5

$860.60

$914.81

Quarterly consent fees Risk Index 6

$430.30

$457.41

Quarterly consent fees Risk Index 7

$215.15

$228.71

Download our Industrial customers: Trade wastewater fees and charges (405KB) fact sheet.


Waste quality charges

Commercial customers

We've characterised the quality of trade wastewater from commercial customers by sampling groups with similar processes. We've used this information to calculate the cost of treating that trade wastewater. Each process is assigned a dollar per kilolitre ($/kL) charge.

Commercial process 2021–22 charge ($/kL) 2022–23 charge ($/kL)

High strength Biochemical Oxygen Demand (BOD) food – includes fried chicken outlets, Asian-style barbecues, ice cream parlours, craft breweries 12 kL per day and some retail bakeries

2.435

2.588

Low strength BOD food – includes restaurants, food courts, takeaway food outlets (including burger and pizza restaurants)

1.757

1.868

High strength BOD food and low strength BOD food – if pre-treatment is not maintained*

13.586

14.442

Automotive – includes service stations, panel beaters, car detailers, mechanical workshops and some car wash activities

0.500

0.533

Commercial laundry – includes laundromats, small commercial laundries, hospitals, nursing home and hotel laundries, and small dyers

0.411

0.438

Equipment hire washing

2.898

3.081

Lithographic processing

0.288

0.307

* If the pre-treatment is poorly maintained or you haven't installed pre-treatment, we may apply higher charges.

For a complete list of commercial processes and charging rates, download our Commercial customers: Trade wastewater fees and charges (329KB) fact sheet.

Industrial customers

We've calculated the additional costs of treating each substance. We charge industrial customers for the mass of each substance discharged.
 

Discharge to water resource recovery facilities providing primary treatment

A primary water resource recovery facility provides simple treatment involving screening, settling and flotation to treat wastewater.

If you discharge to a facility providing primary treatment, these charges may apply. Find out what level of treatment is provided at your water resource recovery facility. Each process has a dollar per kilogram ($/kg) charging rate.

Substance 2021–22 charging rate ($/kg) 2022–23 charging rate ($/kg)

BOD

0.334 + (0.145 x [BOD mg/L] / 600)

0.355 + (0.154 x [BOD mg/L] / 600)

Suspended solids

0.470

0.500

Grease

0.426

0.453

Nitrogen

0.000

0.000

Phosphorus

0.000

0.000

Discharge to water resource recovery facilities providing secondary or tertiary treatment

A secondary water resource recovery facility treats wastewater using screening, settling, flotation and bacterial decomposition. A tertiary water resource recovery facility treats wastewater using screening, settling, flotation, bacterial decomposition and nutrient removal.

If you discharge to a facility providing secondary or tertiary treatment, these charges may apply. Find out what level of treatment is provided at your water resource recovery facility. Each process has a dollar per kilogram ($/kg) charging rate.

Substance 2021–22 charging rate ($/kg) 2022–23 charging rate ($/kg)

BOD

1.644 + (0.145 x [BOD mg/L] / 600)

1.748 + (0.154 x [BOD mg/L] / 600)

Suspended solids

1.073

1.141

Grease

1.110

1.180

Nitrogen

1.229

1.307

Phosphorus

1.419

1.509

Discharge to systems affected by odour and corrosion

If you discharge to a wastewater system affected by accelerated odour and corrosion, these additional charges may apply. Each process has a dollar per kilogram ($/kg) charging rate.

Substance 2021–22 charging rate 2022–23 charging rate

Temperature > 25 °C

$8.413 / megalitre / each °C above 25 °C

$8.943 / megalitre / each °C above 25 °C

pH

$75.993 / megalitre / each pH unit < pH7

$80.781 / megalitre / each pH unit < pH7


For a complete list of acceptance standards and charging rates, download our Industrial customers: Acceptance standards and charging rates (644KB) fact sheet.

Other prices
Also, take a look at our prices to see other prices for your business and prices for other services.