NRAR’s L&A team is responsible for issuing all controlled activity approvals in NSW. Controlled activities are works on waterfront land and you must receive a controlled activity approval before starting any work in, on or beside rivers, lakes or estuaries (unless an exemption applies). See our controlled activities page.
NRAR also issues any water supply work, flood work and water use approvals required in association with licences it issues to the larger water users listed above.
How the teams are organised
NRAR’s L&A team currently has 20 staff across three teams: L&A East, L&A West and the Central team. Staff are mainly water regulation officers and project officers.
L&A Central staff are the ‘engine room’, undertaking critical triage work to prioritise the workload. They assign the medium to high-risk cases to L&A East and West, and assess and issue the low-risk applications and referrals themselves. They also answer enquiries and arrange advertising of those applications that need it.
L&A East and L&A West staff’s work includes:
- assessing and issuing the higher-risk applications, approvals, and referrals from councils
- assessing and providing advice to the Minister for Planning on state significant development and state significant infrastructure proposals
- providing technical advice to NRAR’s Investigations and Enforcement team and government departments
- releasing bonds for controlled activities that have been carried out according to their approvals
- meeting with water authorities, councils, industry bodies, government departments and water users at field days, to provide advice on licensing and approval rules
- answering enquiries.
Where are L&A staff located?
L&A staff work in offices across the state. They are currently located in Murwillumbah, Newcastle, Parramatta, Wollongong, Nowra, Dubbo, Wellington, Tamworth, Albury, and Deniliquin.