Advertising and objections

Advertising and objections

Under recent amendments to Clause 26 Section 7 of the Water Management (General) Regulations 2018, applications made to WaterNSW that require advertising, will no longer need to be featured in local newspapers. Advertised applications will now only be listed on the advertised applications page of our website.

Certain types of water applications are required under the Water Management Act 2000 (WMA) to be advertised to provide members of the community with an opportunity to lodge an objection to the granting of the application before a decision is made.

Where are applications advertised?

WaterNSW advertises applications for approvals on the advertised applications webpage. You can also subscribe to receive a weekly email of recent advertised application listings.

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Objectors have 28 days to lodge an objection from the date the advertisement is listed on the NSW Water Register.

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Objections made to WaterNSW are reviewed and resolved, where possible. WaterNSW is limited in the type of objections it can deal with under the Water Management Act.

Prior to lodging an objection, check the examples below to see if another agency is better placed to resolve the issue.

Type of objectionAgency to contact
Objections to provisions contained within a water sharing planDepartment of Planning and Environment - Water (DPE - Water)
Objections based on environmental issues (e.g. contamination)NSW Environmental Protection Agency
Objections that fall under local government legislation (e.g. unauthorised activity, noise)The local council
Objections about suspicious water behaviour (e.g. illegal water take and use)Natural Resources Access Regulator (NRAR)

How are applications assessed?

Applications for approvals are subject to strict and thorough assessment. For example, groundwater applications (not including basic landholder rights) may go through a hydrogeological assessment by DPIE.

All applications to take water other than under basic landholder rights are also assessed by WaterNSW against legislation covering:

  • Threatened species
  • Native title
  • Aboriginal heritage
  • Contaminated land.

For more information on the assessment process, read the Process to assess applications to take water fact sheet. If applications do not pass these assessments, approvals are not granted without further investigation by WaterNSW.

What type of applications are advertised?

  • Water supply works approvals – other than basic landholder rights approvals
  • Water use approvals – such as approval to irrigate for commercial purposes on an existing landholding
  • Flood works approvals - any 'non-complying' flood works or those situated on a flood plain where no management plan is in force
  • Amendments to approvals - additional uses, works, activities and landholdings
  • Water access licence (WAL) approval – in limited circumstances

How to lodge an objection?

Use the WaterNSW objection form or submit a separate document. Read the Prepare to lodge an objection fact sheet for more information.

Send completed objections to:


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