Talking with the community

Getting started

At its establishment, the NRAR moved quickly to strengthen water compliance and enforcement regimes in the Murray-Darling Basin, signing a Memorandum of Understanding with the Murray-Darling Basin Authority (MDBA). Read the media release

Since starting in the role, the NRAR’s Chief Regulatory Officer Grant Barnes has visited NRAR field staff across the state and met with major stakeholders. On 9 August 2018 Mr Barnes delivered the key-note speech at the Cotton Australia conference and on 29 August 2018 he presented at the Murray Darling Association annual conference.

On 9 August 2019, he presented at the Australian Water Association conference in Orange.

The NRAR board continues to meet with key stakeholders to better enable their governance and leadership of the NRAR’s direction. Records of these meetings are available below.

Stakeholder engagement strategy

Our stakeholders are the individuals and groups that could affect or be affected by our activities. The NRAR sets out the key principles that guide how we engage with our stakeholders and the broader community. These principles are intended to ensure we maximise the value of those engagements for all parties.

Engagement principles

The NRAR is committed to engaging with stakeholders and the community in a way that is:

  • open and transparent: it is important to be open and transparent in dealings with stakeholders to protect the integrity of the NRAR’s work, and to encourage legitimate engagement and consultation
  • respectful and attentive: listening to and acknowledging the perspective and experience of stakeholders to best enable a two-way relationship between the NRAR and stakeholders
  • responsible and timely: ensuring there is sufficient time to facilitate meaningful engagement, and responding in an efficient manner.

Implementation and responsibility

The NRAR’s stakeholder engagement strategy aims to inform, consult, involve, collaborate and empower the NRAR’s stakeholders. This fits with the guidelines developed by the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2).

Engagement activities

Learn about current stakeholder engagement activities:

Read about stakeholder engagement with the Department of Industry – Water.