Overview of the non-urban water metering framework

A robust metering framework to improve the standard and coverage of non-urban water meters across NSW commenced on 1 December 2018.

Licensed water users will be required to install compliant metering equipment on works that meet the metering thresholds, by their roll-out date.

The metering framework includes:

The policy explains the requirements of the new framework. The Act and regulation give legal effect to the new framework.

Supply of metering equipment and installers in NSW

As of 25 August 2021.

Metering equipment and installersStatistics
Number of certified meter installers in NSW

Source: Irrigation Australia Limited
Number of pattern-approved meters available in NSW

Source: Murray Darling Basin Authority
Number of local intelligence devices available in NSW

Source: Department of Planning, Industry and Environment
Indicative lead time for supply of pattern approved meters

Source: Department of Planning, Industry and Environment supplier survey
up to 6 weeks
Indicative lead time for supply of local intelligence devices

Source: Department of Planning, Industry and Environment supplier survey
up to 6 weeks

Roll-out dates

The metering framework is being rolled out in a staged manner over five years.

Water users will need to ensure that they have compliant metering equipment by the relevant roll-out date, shown below:

Roll-out dates diagram

Non-urban water metering in NSW leaflet

What water users need to know

We encourage water users to read this leaflet PDF, 3836.79 KB with information you need to know about the metering rules, including:

  • whether the rules apply to you
  • what you need to do by your ‘rollout date’
  • what you need to do on an ongoing basis

NRAR compliance approach

NRAR has also published its compliance approach PDF, 270.58 KB to the metering regulations. NRAR has outlined its expectations of water users and described its approach to enforcing the metering rules, including in situations where a person cannot comply because of issues beyond their control.

Metering and measurement roadshow – Northern Inland

The department is undertaking a metering and measurement roadshow in February and March 2021 to help water users in the Northern Inland get measurement ready.

The session will cover key information to help you get measurement ready. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions to an expert panel from the department's Water division and NRAR.

Trade stalls will be held after the information session so you can meet and connect with metering suppliers, installers and key department staff from the floodplain harvesting licencing and approvals team.

In order to maintain COVID-19 safe practices it is essential that each person planning to attend completes the online registration as spaces are limited. If you are unwell, please do not attend. Temperatures will be checked on arrival.