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Access Regulator

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

Our regulatory priorities

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

Report suspicious activity

Report a suspicious activity using our online form.

NRAR’s policies and guidelines

Access the policies and guidelines that define our role as NSW’s water regulator.


Read our prosecution case studies.

Looking for licences and approvals?

The Department of Planning and Environment - Water is now responsible for controlled activity approvals, works on waterfront land and licences and approvals for large water users. All other licences and approvals continue to be managed by WaterNSW.


Know the Rules

The water metering laws in NSW are changing. It’s important that you know the rules.

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Routine monitoring program

Follow the progress of our routine monitoring team

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Public register

Read about our enforcement actions across NSW

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How we use technology to monitor compliance

By using sophisticated technology, we can ensure our water resources are protected for generations to come.

The value of water to our farmers

Find out what having a water licence and following the rules means to Bruce Chapman, a Bendemeer based farmer

The value of water to our Aboriginal communities

Find out what water means to Aboriginal people and communities