Policies and guidelines

Regulatory policy

This sets out the NRAR’s policy for ensuring that water users comply with the legislation. The NRAR will apply this policy to set up regulatory strategies and to effectively and efficiently achieve regulatory outcomes. The NRAR will take a graduated and proportionate approach to non-compliance based on the severity of the non-compliance (its impact on the environment and potential harm to people or property). The NRAR will use discretion in choosing the appropriate regulatory response, striving to achieve fairness in regulatory outcomes while ensuring we act in the public interest.

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Compliance priorities

The NRAR’s compliance priorities are identified and published from time to time. Priorities will be adjusted over time to stay aligned to climate risks, compliance data, community reporting and water source stress.

Water metering framework

The NSW Government has released a robust new metering framework for non-urban water meters in NSW, which commenced on 1 December 2018.

The framework will be implemented through a staged roll-out over five years.

NRAR has provided advice on the compliance approach to the new metering regulations.

Prosecution guidelines

These guidelines explain and guide the approach the NRAR takes in determining the appropriate response to non-compliance with the legislation it administers. The NRAR’s power to prosecute the entities it regulates is an important discretionary power and regulatory tool, and in appropriate circumstances, prosecution action will be taken.

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Compliance with water legislation guidelines

The purpose of these guidelines is to inform the regulated and wider community on:

  • how to report alleged breaches of the Water Management Act 2000 and Water Act 1912 to the NRAR
  • what happens if you report an alleged breach to the NRAR
  • how the NRAR will respond to reports of alleged breaches.

Download the NRAR Compliance with water legislation guidelines

Guidelines for controlled activities on waterfront land - Riparian corridors

The NRAR administers the Water Management Act 2000 and is required to assess the impact of any activity proposed for waterfront land (called a controlled activity) to minimise the harm done to waterfront land as a result of the work. This means that applicants must obtain a controlled activity approval from the NRAR before starting any work on waterfront land.

Download the NRAR Guidelines for controlled activities on waterfront land – Riparian corridors