Water Management Act 2000 and Water Act 1912

Water Management Act 2000 and Water Act 1912

The objects of the Water Management Act 2000 are to provide for the sustainable and integrated management of the water sources of the state for the benefit of both present and future generations and, in particular:

  • Ecologically sustainable development
  • Protect, enhance and restore water recourses
  • Recognise and foster social and economic benefits
  • Recognise the role of the community
  • Provide efficient and equitable sharing of water
  • Management of water sources with other aspects of the environment including native vegetation and native fauna
  • Encourage the sharing of responsibility and efficient use of water
  • Encourage best practice management and use of water.

In NSW, the regulator and policy maker for water resource management is the NSW Department of Industry – Water (DoI Water). The department develops natural resource management policy frameworks, strategies and plans related to water management. DoI Water is accountable for water sharing plans (WSPs), which define the rules for sharing the water resources of each regulated river valley between consumptive users and the environment. WSPs are made under the Water Management Act 2000. WaterNSW operates in accordance with these WSPs and delivers water to customers and the environment. Customers’ water accounts are credited with their shares of available water and, as they use their water, their usage is debited from their accounts.

The majority of water access licences are issued under the Water Management Act 2000 but some are still issued under the Water Act 1912.

For more information, see the NSW DPIE - Water website.

The Operating Licence for WaterNSW also confers on WaterNSW certain functions of the Minister administering the Water Management Act 2000 and the Water Act 1912.


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