Water Access Entitlement - Australian Capital Territory


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 Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
Apply Application All

Fees are listed on the attached document.

Other resources

Act(s) name

Water Resources Act 2007 ACT

Regulation(s) name

Water Resources Regulation 2007 ACT

Lodgement process


Please lodge your application directly with the Agency.

Administering agency

Environment and Planning Directorate


Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

Enquiries, Water Regulation Unit


Environment and Planning Directorate

Operating address: Dame Pattie Menzies House
16 Challis St
Australian Capital Territory 2602
Phone: 13 22 81
Phone: 02 6207 1923
Email: environment.protection@act.gov.au