Have your say on Northern Territory water regulatory reform

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) have proposed reforms to the Water Regulation in a Directions Paper. The Directions Paper outlines the current issues in water policy and asks stakeholders to provide feedback. This is your chance to provide feedback on:

  • solutions to the issues identified
  • reforms you believe should be prioritised
  • additional issues not included in the Directions Paper

We encourage stakeholders to provide feedback on the reform by 31 March 2019. Go to the Northern Territory Government's 'Have your say' website to give your feedback.

Some of these reforms will result in larger changes to irrigated agriculture than others. Here are a few examples:

  • Water trading policy
  • Management of Unused Water policy
  • An alternative to the first-in-first-served allocation approach
  • Staged allocation
  • Pricing framework
  • Surface water harvesting
  • An expanded NT Water Allocation Planning Framework
  • Clearer guidance on adaptive management
  • Management of interconnected systems
  • Longer licence tenure
  • Unbundling of water and land

We encourage you to read about all the reforms in the Directions Paper on the Northern Territory Government's website.

Last updated: 04 April 2019