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How to comply

E-tools to help yourself

NRAR’s waterfront land e-tool is another interactive web-based tool designed to help applicants and consultants understand the definition of waterfront land under the controlled activity provisions of the Water Management Act 2000.

We also use several different satellite services and aerial photography to identify areas in the state where the risk of a breach is greater so we can prioritise monitoring and inspection in those areas.

Our officers often use drones when out on an inspection, to more thoroughly investigate a site and obtain a more detailed picture of works, structures and dams.

Check your compliance with water take laws or works on waterfront land with these e-tools.

Compliance e-tool

Our compliance e-tool can help you understand what you need to do to ensure your water take is compliant. The tool will walk you through a series of questions related to water take, including:

  • water access licences and conditions
  • maximum allowed water take
  • basic landholder rights
  • temporary water restrictions
  • water supply work approvals and conditions
  • water use approvals.

Waterfront land e-tool

Any installation or earthworks on waterfront land is termed a controlled activity and approval is needed under the rules of the Water Management Act 2000.

The Waterfront land e-tool will help you determine the definition of waterfront land and whether the rules apply to your project. If they do, you will need to apply to NRAR for a controlled activity approval. You can also download and print a pdf version of the tool to take with you on site if needed.

For more information, see the Waterfront land e-tool–frequently asked questions fact sheet.