Exemptions under the NT Water Act 1992

Exemptions from requiring a permit or licence

The Water Act 1992 gives the Administrator power to exempt certain activities from the operation of the Water Act 1992. The Administrator may, on the recommendation of the Minister, by notice in the NT Government Gazette, declare under:

  1. subsection 40(10): that subsections 40(1) and (3) of the Water Act 1992 do not apply in relation to a class of interference with a waterway.
  2. subsection 44(8): that subsections 44(1) and (2) of the Water Act 1992 do not apply in relation to taking surface water without authorisation.
  3. subsection 47(1): that Part 6 of the Water Act 1992 does not apply to or in relation to a class of bore, or to drainage water, or waste or taking groundwater without authorisation. The power does not apply to groundwater extraction (section 60A) or recharge licences (subsection 67(4)) for hydraulic fracturing activities.

Current exemptions are listed below.

TitleNotice
Exemption from requiring a permit to interfere with a waterway for road drainage works, culverts, bridges, and urban stormwater drainage works and constructed to engineering standard accepted by the relevant public authority, small rural dams, soil conservation and land care activities. Gazette S35 of 30 June 1992 PDF (247.8 KB)
Exemption from requiring a water extraction licence for road works. Gazette S60 of 28 November 2008
Exemption from requiring a bore work permit for all bores outside of a water control district and for shallow and special purpose bores inside of a water control district. Gazette S63 of 6 July 2016
Exemption from requiring a water extraction licence to take 5ML/y on a land parcel. Does not apply to the Darwin Rural Water Control District.

Exemption from requiring a bore work permit for all bores outside of a water control district and for shallow and special purpose bores inside of a water control district.
Gazette S109 of 20 December 2018

Last updated: 24 March 2020

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