The department is responsible for managing the state's water sources. A key part of this responsibility is ensuring compliance with water management legislation.

While most people follow the rules, some people carry out illegal water activities – sometimes these actions are deliberate and sometimes they happen because people do not know the law.

Compliance with licence and approval requirements is critical to:

  • sustainable sharing of our precious water resources between water users and the environment
  • preventing harm to water supplies and our environment.

Water theft and harming water sources are serious crimes.

Natural Resources Access Regulator

We have established a new, independent regulatory body to oversee water management in the state.

The Natural Resources Access Regulator (NRAR) is an independent regulator established under the Natural Resources Access Regulator Act 2017The current regulatory focus for the NRAR is water regulation.

Help stop illegal water activities

You can play a role in water compliance. Information you provide could help stop illegal water related activities in your local area.

To find out about reporting illegal water activities to NRAR, go to Natural Resources Access Regulator.