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Natural Resources
Access Regulator

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

Who we are

NRAR is an independent water regulator which oversees the enforcement of water management laws in NSW.

What we do

NRAR upholds NSW water laws by helping people to comply voluntarily and through enforcement when rules are broken.

How we ensure compliance

NRAR is a risk-based regulator which means we approach investigations on a case-by-case basis. Find how we ensure compliance here.

Report suspicious activity

Report a suspicious activity using our online form.

Our regulatory priorities

Learn more about how and where we focus our efforts to ensure our water laws are followed.

Investigation and enforcement

NRAR’s Investigation and Enforcement teams deal with the more serious cases of alleged non-compliance with the water laws.

Proactive outreach program

Here you will find information on NRAR's Outreach Program and how it helps water users to understand and comply with the water rules.

E-tools to help yourself

Our user friendly e-tool helps you understand water-use obligations and makes complying with water laws easier.


Water metering

Find information about how to comply with the new metering rules.

Water metering

Upcoming events

NRAR meets and consults with NSW water users on a regular basis. Find an upcoming event near you.

Upcoming Events

Quarterly reports

Explore our regional compliance breakdown and see how your area compares.


Progress reports

Read about our achievements in 2021-2022 with a focus on delivering positive outcomes for the people of NSW.


How we respond to breaches of the law

Learn about how NRAR responds when water laws are breached.

How we respond to breaches of the law

NRAR's tech suite on ABC Landline

The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment brings together specialists in urban and regional planning, natural resources,

NRAR officer flying a drone during an inspection

The value of water to our Aboriginal communities

Find out what water means to Aboriginal people and communities in NSW.