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 appeals against decisions made by the Controller of Water Resources.

Get the application for review of decision or action PDF (13.5 KB)

For more information call (08) 8999 4455 or email waterresources@nt.gov.au.

Northern Territory water regulatory reform

The Northern Territory Government is reforming the Water Act 1992 to make sure we have a strong regulatory framework for the sustainable and accountable management of our water resources now and into the future.

The reform process has begun. A Directions Paper had been drafted to provide an overview of the existing regulatory framework, the case for reform and the proposed areas for reform.

Consultations on the draft Directions Paper closed on 31 March 2019 and a copy of this paper can be found on the Have Your Say website.

What happens next

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

Last updated: 22 January 2020


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