National framework to tackle unlawful water take
15 June 2012
The Australian Government, in cooperation with all state and territory governments, is undertaking a program of reforms to improve compliance with water laws and strengthen Australia's capacity to maintain equity for water users on rivers, inland waterways and groundwater systems.
The $60 million National Framework for Compliance and Enforcement Systems for Water Resource Management is a multi-year program funded by the Australian Government and implemented in collaboration with all states and territories. At its heart, the reforms will help each state and territory to move towards a consistent national approach in water laws and compliance activities.
Compliance officers will use effective technology and receive enhanced training in monitoring and detecting non-compliance, making it much more difficult for water offenders to slip through the cracks of the system.
Compliance efforts will focus on rivers, inland waterways and groundwater systems at the highest risk of being damaged while protecting vulnerable ecosystems and contributing to the sustainability of water.
In addition, by using education and enhanced on-ground compliance efforts, these reforms will raise the public awareness of water laws which will lead to increased compliance by the regulated community and improved water management nationally.
More information is available at: http://environment.gov.au/water/publications/agriculture/ris-water-compliance-enforcement.html