The Water Sharing Plan for the NSW Great Artesian Basin Shallow Groundwater Sources includes rules for protecting the environment, water extractions, managing licence holders' water accounts, and water trading in the plan area.

Information on this water sharing plan is available for viewing as detailed below:

Water sharing plan

The Water Sharing Plan for the NSW Great Artesian Basin Shallow Groundwater Sources is a detailed legal instrument written in its required statutory format.

Locality map for the Groundwater Sources Overlaying the NSW Great Artesian Basin

Plan status

The NSW Great Artesian Basin Shallow Groundwater Sources plan commenced on 14 November 2011.

This water sharing plan is due for extension/replacement in July 2020.

In 2018, when the NSW Great Artesian Basin Groundwater Water Sharing Plan is due for remake, a merger with this plan is proposed which would result in a single water sharing plan covering the Great Artesian Groundwater Sources.

Community consultation

The draft plan was on public exhibition between 6 December 2010 and 29 April 2011. During the consultation period, this plan was known as the draft Water Sharing Plan for the Groundwater Sources Overlaying the NSW Great Artesian Basin. All submissions were considered in the finalisation of the statutory plan, which will be in place for 10 years.

The following reports were prepared to assist community consultation on macro water sharing plans. They were available for viewing and downloading during the public exhibition period:

Background document

The Background Document (PDF 1.4 MB) has information on the development of the plan such as: how the plan was developed, the area the plan covers, an explanation of water sources included in the plan, the public consultation process, and the implementation of the plan.

Rules summary sheets

Water sharing plans contain various rules applying to specific water sources. Rules may include: environmental water rules, access licence dealing rules, rules for access licences, rules for water supply work approvals, rules for making available water determinations, and water allocation account rules.

The following rules summary sheets provide an overview of the key water sharing rules for each water source included in the NSW Great Artesian Basin Shallow Groundwater Sources water sharing plan. The rules are a guide only. For more information about your particular licence conditions, please contact our licensing staff.

Rules Summary Sheets
GAB Central Shallow (PDF 40 KB) GAB Surat Shallow (PDF 41 KB) GAB Warrego Shallow (PDF 41 KB)

Amendment to the Water Sharing Plan for the NSW Great Artesian Basin Groundwater Sources 2008

The Water Sharing Plan for the NSW Great Artesian Basin Groundwater Sources 2008 was developed prior to the Water Sharing Plan for the NSW Great Artesian Basin Shallow Groundwater Sources. The 2008 plan has been amended to exclude all groundwater sources that lie above the NSW Great Artesian Basin. These groundwater sources are now covered by the Water Sharing Plan for the NSW Great Artesian Basin Shallow Groundwater Sources as of 14 November 2011.

For more information on the amendments to the 2008 plan, view the Water Sharing Plan for the NSW Great Artesian Basin Groundwater Sources.

Security interests

A security interest may be a mortgage or charge and may be registered or unregistered. Once a water sharing plan commences, security interest holders have three years to have their interest registered against a water access licence on the Water Access Licence Register, administered by Land and Property Information. Security interest not registered within that period will be extinguished. To find out more go to Water licensing > About licences > Security interests.