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About NRAR

What we do

Our work helps make sure natural resources are regulated effectively and efficiently according to the law. We make our compliance and enforcement activities transparent and accountable, so the public can be confident that the system works.

We plan and execute our work to address the most significant problems and to get the best return on the investment of our resources.

Each year we set regulatory priorities to guide our work for the following 12 months.

Helping people comply

We are committed to helping people comply with water laws because we know most people want to do the right thing. Learn more about how our staff educate and engage with water users to make sure they know the rules.

Investigation and enforcement

NRAR’s investigation and enforcement teams deal with the more serious cases of alleged non-compliance with the water laws. Learn about our approach to water regulation and how we conduct investigations.

Talking with the community

We meet with water users, industry bodies and the public on a regular basis to inform, consult and collaborate with them.

Talking with the community

NRAR Strategic Plan 2021-23

The strategic plan will guide us to 2023 and help our teams continue to do their best work.


Community surveys

Read the results of our first community survey to understand how water users regarded water law enforcement in NSW.

Benchmarking survey