How we're doing

NRAR Progress Report 2018-19

The NRAR Progress Report 2018-19 is an essential element of building and maintaining public confidence. The community expects an effective compliance regime for water law in NSW and this report will inform stakeholders and community of our intentions, activities and outcomes.

This report represents the independent voice of the regulator and is delivered directly from the NRAR Board to the public. It outlines the large body of work undertaken to build a best practice organisation that strives to be highly effective in the delivery of world class water regulation in NSW. The report breaks down our achievements over our first 14 months of operation and highlights examples of our day to day activities and special projects in 10 case studies. It also details the completion of NRAR's obligations arising from the Matthews and NSW Ombudsman's reports, and outlines a strategic vision for the year ahead.

Compliance activities and outputs

The creation of the NRAR marked a renewed focus on water compliance in NSW and has resulted in a significant increase of compliance officers on the ground throughout the state. Our front line staff are delivering a fair, transparent and enforceable water compliance system aimed at protecting waterways and preventing water theft through targeted investigations, monitoring and auditing.

We have a range of responses to non-compliance, including directions to remediate impacts to watercourses, stop work orders, directions to remove illegal structures such as dams, and directions to install meters. The NRAR can also issue cautions, penalty notices or initiate legal proceedings as an outcome of investigations into non-compliance.


View reports on our compliance activities and outputs to date:

Note: some compliance activity and output reports have been updated since their original publication to accurately reflect the location of activities reported.

Strategic Intelligence

NRAR commissions strategic intelligence reports from time to time for input into planning its regulatory activities. These reports may be made public to provide additional information for water users on the issues affecting the NSW water sector and the types of information that NRAR reviews to prioritise its activities.