Water Act 2000 - Queensland


The purpose of the Act isto advance the sustainable management and efficient use of water and related resources by establishing a system for the planning, allocation and use of water

Chapter 2 of the Act prescribes provisions relating to:

  • water rights - vesting of right to the use, control and flow of water in the State
  • restrictions for emergencies and water shortages
  • other restrictions on taking or interfering with water
  •  water planning - making Water resource plans to provide for the allocation, management and use of water
  • managing water use
  • implementing Water resource plans
  • implementing Resource operations plans
  • grant, amend, transfer, amalgamate, cancel or refuse resource and distribution operations licences
  • grant, amend, correct, transfer, amalgamate, subdivide, change or forfeit water allocations.
  • seasonally assign water allocations
  • grant, amend, transfer or cancel Interim resource operations Licences
  • grant, transfer, forfeit or surrender Interim water allocations
  • seasonally assign interim water allocations
  • grant, amend, renew, reinstate, transfer, amalgamate, subdivide, surrender or cancel water licences and permits
  • seasonally assign water licences.
  • declaring catchment areas
  • grant, amend, cancel or suspend riverine protection permits.
  • grant, amend, transfer, renew, cancel or suspend quarry material allocation notices.
  • grant, amend, renew, reinstate, suspend or cancel a water bore drillers licence.
  • grant, amend, transfer, surrender or cancel an operations licence

Service type

Regulatory Obligation

An obligation defined in law. A business must comply with relevant services.

Additional Information


For legislation and regulation information, visit https://www.legislation.qld.gov.au(Opens in new window)

Administering agency

Department of Natural Resources and Mines

Service Delivery

Water Services Support, Regional Support

Contact details

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

Phone: 13 QGOV (13 74 68)
Website: Department of Natural Resources and Mines contact list (Opens in new window)