Registration of interest timeline

Controlled Allocation (Various Groundwater Sources) Order 2021

Stage 1

1 November 2021

Registration of Interest (RoI) open

  • You must read the terms and conditions in the Order.
  • Refer to the application guide for information on how to complete the application form.
  • Read the FAQs to understand the RoI process

Stage 2

30 November 2021

Registration of Interest (RoI) closed

  • Submit the registration of interest application form by post or via email to the Department of Planning, Industry & Environment–Water.
  • If you are submitting your application via post, it is recommended that you express post or register your post in case your application goes missing. The department will only accept applications that are received by the due date.

Stage 3

December 2021

Evaluation period

  • An evaluation panel reviews all registration of interest applications.

Stage 4

February 2022

Notification period

  • If you’re unsuccessful, your participation in the registration of interest ends.
  • If you’re successful you can either:
    1. Withdraw your application, RoI ends, or
    2. Pay the total purchase price to the department within 30 days from the date you are notified. Followed by applying for a water access licence.

Note: You will receive a water access licence information pack and your participation in the registration of interest ends.


Stage 5

February 2022 to April 2022

Water access licence (WAL) application

  • After paying the total purchase price, you’ll have an additional 30 days to submit the new water access licence application form to WaterNSW or NRAR.
  • Once the licence is approved you’ll receive instructions for how to submit the certificate of title application.

Note: You will submit the work approval application separately. Consult with the WaterNSW or NRAR licencing officer about this process.


Stage 6

February 2022 to January 2023

Certificate of title application

  • After the water access licence is approved (assessment and approval can take 90 days or more), you’ll have 6 months to apply for a certificate of title with NSW Land Registry Services.