Getting to know the Water Management Act 2000

Getting to know the Water Management Act 2000


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

  • Ecologically sustainable development
  • Protect, enhance and restore water courses
  • 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.


  • 60A - Taking water without, or otherwise than authorised by, an access licence
  • 60B - Contravention of terms and conditions of access licence
  • 60C - Taking water for which there is no, or insufficient, water allocation
  • 60D - Taking water otherwise than from a nominated water supply work
  • 60E - Liability of occupier of premises for certain offences
  • 60F - General defence
  • 60G - Minister may charge for water illegally taken

Help stop illegal water activities

While most water users do the right thing, some people illegally pump or divert water either without a licence or not in compliance with their licence conditions. Illegal water activities threaten the supply of legitimate water users and can damage  the environment.

To make a confidential report, please contact the DPI Water on 1800 633 362 or send an email to

Before submitting a report, please try to obtain the following details:

  • type of activity
  • time, date and location of activity
  • description, registration numbers and type of vehicles or plant involved
  • any other information you think is relevant.


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Wednesday 12 August