Visit our Prosecutions page to access our interactive map to see where NRAR has active prosecutions taking place.
NRAR has also concluded a number of prosecutions. Find out what sort of offences we have taken to court, what the judicial outcome was, and what harm was done.
How we respond to non-compliance
We try to both address improper conduct and promote changes in attitudes and behaviours, rather than simply apply a punishment.
Our regulatory responses include, in increasing severity:
- guidance, education, information
- advisory letters
- warnings (written or verbal)
- corrective action requests
- statutory directions such as stop-work orders, directions to remove water management works and remediation orders
- enforceable undertakings
- penalty notices
- licence action (including suspension, variation or cancellation)
- civil action, such as:
- debiting a licence holder’s account by up to five times the amount of water taken
- imposing a penalty of up to five times the value of the water taken
- injunctions or other remedies to remedy the breach
NRAR employs strong regulatory responses when required. In particular, if we need to act urgently to prevent any ongoing significant harm to a water source, the environment or public safety, we may issue stop-work orders or remediation directions before completing any investigation.
Serious non-compliance can lead to penalties of up to $1.1 million for an individual and $5.005 million for a corporation. Daily penalties also apply for each day that the offence continues, and individuals can face up to two years’ imprisonment for some offences.
When NRAR issues a direction or penalty notice, agrees to an enforceable undertaking, or prosecutes a person, we publish details on the NRAR public register on our website.