The management of corporate licences was established in 1998 in response to the NSW Government's water reforms. Corporate licences are those licences identified by the NSW Office of Water as being held by entities that are significant users of water and require specific attention. These entities are generally enterprises sanctioned or otherwise supported by the government. Some of the corporate licensees are state-owned corporations.
The Office of Water plays a key role in managing the corporate licences of:
- four power utility companies – Energy Australia NSW, Macquarie Generation, Origin Energy and Snowy Hydro Ltd
- three water supply utilities – Sydney Water Corporation, Sydney Catchment Authority and Hunter Water Corporation
- five irrigation corporations (Murrumbidgee Irrigation Ltd, Murray Irrigation Ltd, Western Murray Irrigation Ltd, Jemalong Irrigation Ltd, Coleambally Irrigation Cooperative Ltd)
- one river operator – State Water Corporation.
The Office of Water also coordinates scientific input into conditioning and reviewing licences as well as providing direct support to water sharing plan teams.
For information on corporate licences or to report an incident, please call 1800 353 104.