Water law describes the complex patchwork of regulations and laws which govern the use and management of water resources in Australia.
Water law is state-based and predominately found in legislation and regulations. These regulate, among other things:
- The right to use and take water for agricultural, industrial, and commercial purposes;
- The trading of water entitlements;
- The licencing to supply water;
- Catchment and distribution of water; and
- Third-party access to government water and sewerage infrastructure (water management plants).
Any contravention of the legislation can result in substantial penalties.
WE CAN ASSIST YOU
We support corporate clients, farming enterprises, and individuals with their responsibilities regarding the operation and ownership of water. We facilitate environmental audits as well as providing representation and advocacy for all water issues.
Our team of skilled solicitors can provide you with advice on a range of water law issues, including:
- Regulatory compliance and licensing;
- Water supply agreements;
- Infrastructure access arrangements;
- Land access agreements and easements which may be required to operate relevant infrastructure (e.g. pump stations or pipelines) from third party land;
- Licencing and regulations;
- Transfer of water entitlements; and
- Access to water entitlements and water storage from third parties (e.g. local council).
We can answer your questions. Contact our friendly staff to discuss your water law queries.