Rights to water under the Water Act 1989

Rights to water are defined in the Water Act 1989 as:

  • Section 7 provides that the Crown has the right to the use, flow and control of  all water in a waterway and all groundwater;
  • Section 8 provides for an individual's rights to water;
  • Section 9 sets out rights of water corporations to water.

Water entitlements

The Water Act 1989 governs entitlements to water issued by the Minister for Water, including:

  • Part 4 regarding bulk entitlements and environmental entitlements;
  • Part 3A regarding water shares;
  • Section 51 regarding water licences.