NRAR's routine monitoring program

In a move to increase its capacity to promote compliance, engage with the water community and to expand its presence in regional NSW, the Natural Resources Access Regulator (NRAR) has put more boots on the ground in regional NSW.

Our routine monitoring officers meet water users on their properties to help them understand their obligations and provide them with education packs. They also gather data from each site to better understand the rates of compliance in each valley and the common reasons behind potential non-compliance.

Program results: 6 months in

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Our routine monitoring officers are stationed at Deniliquin, Tamworth and Dubbo and visit properties across the west of NSW.

As properties to be visited were chosen randomly, a visit from the NRAR routine monitoring team does not mean you are suspected of any wrongdoing.

The teams’ findings will help NRAR:

  • identify when, if, and where education campaigns might be necessary to help the community understand their legal obligations
  • assess how effective our existing operations are in improving water users’ knowledge of the water laws
  • identify properties or areas where we may need to act to avoid or mitigate harm to our water resources and the community.

Visit NRAR’s routine monitoring program fact sheet for more information and check out the video below.

What happens on a site visit?

Meeting with water users face-to-face on their property is the best way for NRAR officers to gauge their compliance with the law - and their understanding of it. NRAR has found the vast majority of water users want to do the right thing. By visiting them we can find out if they’re compliant, and if not, why. It may be a problem we can solve together.

If NRAR officers visit your property, they will:

  • confirm you have a valid licence or approval
  • check you are taking water according to your approvals and any local restrictions
  • confirm all works, pumps and bores are being used in line with their approved purpose at the time of inspection
  • ensure your water take is being appropriately monitored with metering equipment or a logbook in line with your approval conditions or the requirements of the new NSW non-urban water metering framework
  • provide you with educational materials on different topics if you require them.
  • during the visit you will have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have and increase your understanding of what NRAR does and why.

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