Land and Water Commissioner

The Land and Water Commissioner provides independent advice to landholders, companies, the community and government on natural resource activities in the state.

The Commissioner listens to community issues, facilitating greater consultation between government, community and industry.

The Commissioner is a key source of information and guidance to assist landholders and communities to better understand the way that natural resource activities are approved and regulated in NSW, and to give them a say in how things are done.

The Commissioner is responsible for overseeing the finalisation of standardised land access agreements which are being developed in conjunction with key agricultural sector and mineral/petroleum industry representatives.

The Commissioner has access to the resources of all NSW Government agencies, including the NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer, as well as other relevant bodies to seek advice on matters raised with the Commissioner.

The Commissioner reports directly to the Secretary, NSW Department of Industry.

Jock Laurie was appointed as the NSW Land and Water Commissioner in December 2012. As the Commissioner, he provides advice and facilitates greater consultation between government, community and industry on natural resource activities in the state.

Get in touch

If you have any concerns in relation to natural resource activities in NSW you can contact the Land and Water Commissioner. See the contact details section.

Providing advice

The Commissioner provides advice on:

  • surface water and groundwater
  • exploration activities and mineral, petroleum and coal seam gas development throughout the state
  • Strategic Regional Land Use Policy
  • regulatory approval and assessment processes
  • compliance and enforcement matters
  • landowner rights, access agreements and compensation
  • rights and responsibilities of exploration companies.

The Commissioner supports government by:

  • responding to concerns raised in relation to current / future natural resource activities across the state
  • generating independent advice on the impacts of current policy settings.

Projects

The Commissioner initiatives projects in response to community concerns on land and water issues.

  1. NSW River Data Project

    In response to community concerns on river flows, licencing and pumping events along rivers.

  2. NSW Status Report Project

    In response to community concerns on monitoring and impacts from coal mining and CSG projects.

  3. Water Entitlement Summary Project

    In response to enquiries about water entitlements held by local councils and those held by coal mining projects for both surface water and groundwater sources.

  4. Geological Summary Project

    An initiative in response to community enquiries about geology.

  5. NSW Groundwater Baseline Project

    In response to community concerns on water rights, licensing and use, including concerns on the impacts from coal mining and CSG projects.

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