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How to comply

E-tools to help yourself

Check your compliance with water take laws or works on waterfront land with these e-tools.

NRAR  Assist

We have developed NRAR Assist, a simple web-based tool, to help provide you with answers to all your questions. We recommend using this tool as your first step with us.

The tool will help you:

  • identify the correct government agency or entity for your enquiry or application
  • lodge an application for a controlled activity approval, water access licence, water supply works and/or use approval or water licence
  • report a suspicious or unauthorised activity
  • or simply ask a question

Please use NRAR Assist first. If you can’t find the answer to your question, NRAR Assist will help you to submit a specific enquiry. Specific enquiries are then referred to an NRAR officer, who will provide you with support.

Compliance e-tool

Our Compliance e-tool can help you understand what you need to do to ensure your water take is compliant. The tool will walk you through a series of questions related to water take, including:

  • water access licences and conditions
  • maximum allowed water take
  • basic landholder rights
  • temporary water restrictions
  • water supply work approvals and conditions
  • water use approvals.

Waterfront land e-tool

Any installation or earthworks on waterfront land is termed a controlled activity and approval is needed under the rules of the Water Management Act 2000.

NRAR’s Waterfront land e-tool is another interactive web-based tool designed to help applicants and consultants understand the definition of waterfront land under the controlled activity provisions of the Water Management Act 2000.

For more information, see the Waterfront land e-tool–frequently asked questions fact sheet.

Controlled activity exemption e-tool

There are several exemptions from the need to obtain a controlled activity approval.

NRAR has developed the Controlled activity exemption e-tool to help you identify if an exemption applies to your proposal.

The tool will help you:

  • identify if an exemption applies
  • interpret the requirements and limitations of exemptions
  • send you an email containing your answers and a result.

Please refer to the disclaimer on the e-tool for the proper use of the tool. For more information about using the controlled activity exemption e-tool see the Controlled activity exemption e-tool fact sheet.