This page includes information about reforms to water legislation.
For information about some of the completed reforms, go to Law and Policy.
Draft Water Management (General) Regulation 2017
General regulations are made under the Water Management Act 2000 to specify important procedural and technical matters related to the administration of the Act, and also specify exemptions from licence and approval requirements under the Act.
The current Water Management (General) Regulation 2011 is due to lapse on 1 September 2018 under the Subordinate Legislation Act 1989.
DPI Water is proposing to remake the 2011 Regulation with proposed amendments which will:
- clarify a number of matters relating to licensing and approval requirements, and the functions and powers of water supply authorities
- cut red tape by creating new exemptions from approval requirements.
The proposed amendments could apply to the following community sectors:
- new landholders who want to apply for a specific purpose access licence for stock watering – this is likely to largely apply in rural areas.
- regional communities where a local newspaper is no longer in production – applications to advertise an approval will need to be advertised in a newspaper circulating in the local area, rather than a local newspaper.
- public authorities including local councils taking water using tanker trucks for dust suppression
- water supply authorities and landholders who are required by a water supply authority to install a water meter on their property’s service main.
- a range of community sectors including irrigators, mining and rural and urban landholders who want to apply to construct a water supply work for certain purposes, subdivide their approval to create two or more approvals, or undertake certain activities on waterfront land which would be covered by the proposed controlled activity exemptions.
Public consultation closed
The public consultation period for the proposed Regulation has now closed.
DPI Water will consider all of the submissions received on the proposed Regulation. The proposed Regulation may be amended to address feedback provided in submissions.
If the proposed Regulation is made, a copy of the regulatory impact statement and all written comments and submissions received will be forwarded to the Legislation Review Committee under section 5 of the Subordinate Legislation Act 1989.
- Draft Water Management (General) Regulation 2017 (PDF, 924.93 KB)
- Regulatory Impact Statement (PDF, 368.45 KB)
- Fact sheet: Public consultation – draft Water Management (General) Regulation 2017 (PDF, 37.61 KB)
For the maps relating to the special areas in the area of operations of Essential Energy (see clause 196 in the proposed Regulation), go to:
- Map of Stephens Creek, Umberumberka Creek and Yancowinna Creek Special Areas (JPG, 1848.17 KB)
- Map of restricted portion of Stephens Creek Special Area relating to Stephens Creek Reservoir (JPG, 1571.53 KB)
- Map of restricted portion of Stephens Creek Special Area relating to Imperial Lake (JPG, 1577.7 KB)
- Map of restricted portion of Umberumberka Creek Special Area relating to Umberumberka Reservoir (JPG, 1953.33 KB)
For the draft maps relating to the proposed new exemption from the requirement for a controlled activity approval for certain kinds of development on certain mapped waterfront land (see clause 36 of Schedule 4 in the proposed Regulation), go to:
- Map of Botany Bay and Georges River area (JPG, 1660.95 KB)
- Map of Brisbane Water area (JPG, 1297.9 KB)
- Map of Hunter River area (JPG, 1804.02 KB)
- Map of Lake Macquarie area (JPG, 2384.34 KB)
- Map of Lake Mulwala area (JPG, 749.66 KB)
- Map of Port Hacking area (JPG, 1682.16 KB)
- Map of Port Jackson (Sydney Harbour) area (JPG, 1772.61 KB)
- Map of Port Stephens area (JPG, 1660.8 KB)
- Map of Tuggerah Lakes area (JPG, 2186.79 KB)
- Map of Wallis Lakes area (JPG, 1291.35 KB)
For the draft map relating to the proposed new exemption from the requirement for a controlled activity approval for drain maintenance activities for certain mapped agricultural drains (see clause 37 of Schedule 4 in the proposed Regulation), go to:
Reform of joint private works - governance arrangements
In late 2010 the Water Management Amendment Act 2010 was passed by the NSW Parliament. This Act makes significant reforms to the governance structures for Private Irrigation Districts, Private Water Trusts and Private Drainage Boards.
The reforms propose to remove unnecessary regulation and give flexibility to operators of joint private works in managing their business of water supply, delivery or drainage. These reforms have not commenced yet. Rules to be prescribed in the regulations are being developed as well as model rules which can be used by private water corporations and private water trusts. Further consultation will be undertaken on these rules.
For information on the original reform proposals go to Reform of joint private works – Discussion paper (PDF, 135.45 KB) which was published for a targeted consultation on the proposed reforms.
For more information on the provisions which have commenced, go to Joint private works.