Water Access Entitlement - Australian Capital Territory

Service summary

You will require this licence if you intend to access any surface or ground water. It entitles you to have access to a specified amount of water that is available for taking from a water management area.

As amounts of water available at any one time are likely to vary, there is no guarantee that a particular volume of water, or any water, will be available under the entitlement.

A Water Access Entitlement (WAE) does not automatically allow you to take water, you will require a separate licence for the taking of water. Please use the contact details below to find out more information.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this licence you must:

  • Submit an application form;
  • Not hold an existing water allocation approved under the previous Act;
  • Outline whether you intend to access surface, or ground water;
  • Outline the water management area you want to access;
  • Provide the intended use of the water;
  • Outline where you intend to access water and your right to have access to that place; and
  • Pay any processing and application fees.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.


As stated.



Fees are listed on the attached document.

Other resources



Please lodge your application directly with the Agency.

Administering agency

Environment and Planning Directorate

Act(s) name

Water Resources Act 2007 (Australian Capital Territory)

Regulation(s) name

Water Resources Regulation 2007 (Australian Capital Territory)

Contact details

Enquiries, Water Regulation Unit
Environment and Planning Directorate

Operating address:
Dame Pattie Menzies House
16 Challis St
Australian Capital Territory 2602


02 6207 1923


13 22 81

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