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Following the abolition of the Waterways Commission, the Water and Rivers Commission was created on 1 January 1996. The Water and Rivers Commission was established through the merging of the Western Australian Water Resources Council, the Water Resources Division of the Water Authority, the Hydrogeology and Groundwater Resources Branch of the Department of Minerals and Energy and the Waterways Commission.
The Commission was responsible for the management of the State's water resources.
From 1 July 2005 to 31 December 2005, the Water and Rivers Commission operated under the auspices of the Department of Environment.
On 1 January 2006, the Department of Water began operations, taking over many of the functions of the Water and Rivers Commission under delegation. The proclamation on 31 January 2008 of the Water Resources Legislation Amendment Act 2007 formally abolished the Water and Rivers Commission and transferred all functions to the Minister for Water Resources and the Department of Water from 1 February 2008.