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Natural Resources
Access Regulator

NRAR is responsible for the enforcement of water laws in NSW through licensing, monitoring compliance, and education.

Which water regulation body should I speak to?

Find out which aspects of water regulation we cover, and where to find the answer to your specific enquiry.

Report suspicious activity

Report a suspicious activity using our online form.

NRAR’s policies and guidelines

Access the policies and guidelines that define our role as NSW’s water regulator.

Concluded prosecutions

Read our prosecution case studies.


Water, what are you really taking?

Find out more about our latest campaign designed to change behaviour around unlawful water take

Routine monitoring program

Follow the progress of our routine monitoring team

Public register

Read about our enforcement actions across NSW

How we use technology to monitor compliance

By using sophisticated technology, we can ensure our water resources are protected for generations to come.

The value of water to our farmers

Find out what having a water licence and following the rules means to Bruce Chapman, a Bendemeer based farmer

The value of water to our Aboriginal communities

Find out what water means to Aboriginal people and communities