The department is responsible for managing the state's water sources. A key part of this responsibility is ensuring compliance with water management legislation.
While most people follow the rules, some people carry out illegal water activities - sometimes these actions are deliberate and sometimes they happen because people do not know the law.
Compliance with licence and approval requirements is critical to:
- sustainable sharing of our precious water resources between water users and the environment
- preventing harm to water supplies and our environment.
Water theft and harming water sources are serious crimes.