Application Fees for Water Access Licences, Dealings and Approvals
WaterNSW charges fees to cover the assessment and processing costs of applications for access licences, water supply work approvals, water use approvals and access licence dealings lodged under the Water Management Act 2000.
These fees are determined by the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART). The fees applying from 1 October until 30 June 2022 are listed in the following tables. These fees will increase annually on 1 July, and until 30 June 2025 those increases will be based on changes in the consumer price index. Fees are exempt from GST.
2021-22 Application Fees
|Specific purpose – groundwater assessment required||$3,272.68|
|Specific purpose – no groundwater assessment required||$726.89|
Unregulated Rivers and Groundwater |
(except low risk specified below and administrative) - groundwater assessment required
Unregulated Rivers and Groundwater |
(except low risk specified below and administrative) - groundwater assessment not required
Unregulated Rivers and Groundwater – Low Risk
These apply to:
This applies to:
|Unregulated rivers and groundwater||$50.55|
|New or amended works and/ or use approvals (all unless specified below as low risk, basic landholder rights or administrative) - groundwater assessments required||$7,044.48|
|New or amended works and/ or use approvals (All unless specified below as low risk, basic landholder rights or administrative) - groundwater assessments not required||$4,983.31|
|New or amended works and/ or use approvals low risk - groundwater assessments required||$4,983.31|
|New or amended works and/ or use approvals low risk - groundwater assessments not required||$2,437.52|
|New basic landholder right bore - groundwater assessment required||$1,037.24|
|New basic landholder right bore - groundwater assessment not required||$893.27|
|Amended approval administrative - groundwater assessments required||$3,082.24|
Amended approval administrative - groundwater assessments not required
This applies to:
|Extension of approval – lodged before expiry date||$515.97|
|Extension of approval – lodged after expiry date*||$953.62|
'New' work approval means any work proposed which is not currently listed on a water approval or is replacing an existing work which is listed on a water approval. *Note that forms are sent directly to these holders.
These fees are determined by the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART).
WaterNSW collects the groundwater assessment fee on behalf of the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment-Water (DPIE-Water). DPIE-Water hydrogeologists are responsible for undertaking the groundwater assessment, when required.
Consent transaction in relation to drillers licences, solicitor enquiries and special meter reads are not stated, as they have not been regulated by IPART and are deemed to be unregulated services.
Impact and rules-based assessments:
Applications generally require a detailed impact assessment. This includes case by case investigation to consider potential local impacts and determine whether those impacts require refusal or consent, or consent subject to conditions.
Depending on the type of transaction, impact assessment can include identifying and addressing impacts on adjoining pumps or bores, Aboriginal heritage sites, native vegetation, threatened species, wetlands, land degradation, salinity, soil compaction, geomorphic instability, hydrology, water logging, acidity, contamination and water quality, in addition to consideration and resolution of any lodged objections. In some cases where significant risks are identified, WaterNSW may require the applicant to commission third-party experts to determine the extent of those risks and how they might be mitigated.
Applications determined by IPART which are identified as ‘low risk’ are processed with a rules-based assessment which does not require the above detailed impact assessment.
Lower fees are charged for transactions which are identified as ‘low risk’.
WAMC charges are determined by IPART under the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal Act 1992 (IPART Act) and the WAMC determination. The reasons are:
- Section 11 of the IPART Act gives IPART a standing reference to conduct investigations and make reports to the Minister administering the IPART Act on the determination of the pricing for a government monopoly service supplied by a government agency specified in Schedule 1 of the IPART Act.
- The Water Administration Ministerial Corporation (Corporation) is listed in Schedule 1 of the IPART Act.
- The services which are declared as government monopoly services under clause 3 of the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (Water Services) Order 2004 are services supplied by the Corporation which involve:
(1) the making available of water;
(2) the making available of the Corporation’s water supply facilities; or
(3) the supplying of water, whether by means of the Corporation’s water supply facilities or otherwise, (together, the Monopoly Services).
- Under section 4(6) of the IPART Act, the Corporation is taken to be the supplier of the services for which fees and charges are payable under Chapter 3 of the Water Management Act.
- In practice, charges for such water resource management activities are made as charges under licences, permits, approvals or authorities granted by:
(1) the Minister under Chapter 3 of the Water Management Act (in areas of NSW in which proclamations under sections 55A and 88A of the Water Management Act are in force); and
(2) the Corporation under the Water Act (in other areas of NSW).
- Accordingly, in determining maximum prices for the Monopoly Services, IPART has determined maximum prices payable for these services under various licences, permits, approvals or authorities granted under the Water Management Act and the Water Act.
|New NSW driller’s licence||$368|
|Change to current NSW driller’s licence||$150|
|Floodwork - no advertising||$973|
|Normal pricing (up to 20 lots)||$160|
|Normal pricing (each lot > 20 lots)||$45|
|Priority within 5 days (up to 20 lots)||$241|
|Priority within 5 days (each lot > 20 lots)||$67|
|Urgent (within 24hrs) (up to 20 lots)||$321|
|Urgent (within 24hrs) (each lot > 20 lots)||$88|
Other fees or charges
- Charges applied by WaterNSW to all water licences and approvals for water management services, such as water resource management and metering. These charges are set by IPART.
- Fees applied by NSW Land Registry Services to cover the cost of Water Access Licence Register transactions and for issuing new water access licence certificates.
- Charges applied by WaterNSW for water delivery services for water taken from regulated rivers.