When a water sharing plan commences, the Water Management Act 2000 takes effect and most entitlements previously issued under the Water Act 1912 are immediately replaced with:
- a water access licence (where a prior licence has more than one 'purpose', a separate water access licence will be created with a corresponding 'category')
- a water supply work approval for the operation of all works associated with taking, storing or using water accessed via a water access licence (e.g. for pumps, dams, bores, etc)
- a water use approval (a water use approval is not required for uses such as domestic, stock or some industrial purposes).
The Water Management Act creates a clearly defined entitlement that is separate from land ownership. The entitlement to access water is also separated from the approvals associated with water supply works and the use of water. For more information go to Water licensing > About licences > Water access licences and Water licensing > Approvals.
Within one month of commencement of a water sharing plan the majority of water access licences are uploaded to the Water Access Licence Register administered by Land and Property Information (LPI). Licence holders are then notified of the commencement of the water sharing plan and their water access licences and approvals.
Until copies of the replacement water access licence and approval are received, licence holders must continue to comply with the conditions of the former licence.
Key steps and an indication of timing for the conversion of a Water Act 1912 licence to a water access licence and approval, the listing of water access licences on the Water Access Licence Register and the issue of water access licence certificates are shown in the diagram below.
Conversion of prior Water Act 1912 licences with commencement of water sharing plans
For more information on these steps, go to Guide to the conversion of water licences to water access licences and approvals (PDF 505 KB).
For information about water access licences and certificates go to Water licensing > About licences > Water access licences.
For a list of commenced water sharing plans where water entitlements have been separated from land go to Water management > Water sharing plans > Plans commenced.
For a list of water sharing plans on exhibition go to Water management > Water sharing plans > Plans on exhibition.
For a list of future water sharing plans and timeframe for separation of water entitlements from land go to Water management > Water sharing plans > Plans under development.