Water Act

The primary tool for managing and protecting the Territory’s water resources is the Northern Territory (NT) Water Act 1992.

View the NT Water Act 1992.

View the Water Regulations 1992.

A number of statutory bodies have been established under the Water Act 1992. The members of such committees are selected by the Minister and are comprised of representatives such as landholders, community groups, industry, agriculture, non-government organisations, government agencies and individuals who provide professional advice in a field of expertise.

Water resources review panel

The review panel is an expert, advisory and non judicial group which can be called upon by the minister to provide independent advice on reviews of decisions made under the water legislation.

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Northern Territory water regulatory reform

The Northern Territory Government has undertaken several major reforms of the Water Act 1992 in 2018, 2019 and 2020 to make sure we have a strong regulatory framework for the sustainable and accountable management of our water resources now and into the future.

To guide future reforms of the regulatory reform process, a Directions Paper was released to provide an overview of the existing regulatory framework, the case for reform and the proposed areas for reform.

What happens next

Following feedback on the Directions Paper, a series of position and draft policy papers have been developed and will be provided to stakeholders and the community to generate discussion, test options and develop acceptable reform policies.

Last updated: 13 July 2020

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