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Water and your rights

21 August, 2018

Do you know your community rights under the Water Act 2000 (Qld)? Find out what the Water Act does and how you can make sure our water is allocated in a safe and sustainable way. Our updated community water rights factsheet is now available to download.

The Water Act 2000 (Qld) (Water Act) deals with the allocation and use of water as a ‘resource’ in Queensland - whereas the quality of water (e.g. pollution) is largely dealt with under the Environmental Protection Act 1994 (Qld).

Generally, anyone who wants to take or interfere with water in Queensland must obtain a water licence under the Water Act, unless that take or interference is allowed under a water plan or statutory right.

The community has rights under the Water Act to make submissions on draft water resource plans and the issuing of water licences. Members of the public can also bring third party enforcement actions for certain breaches of the Water Act.

Get all the facts with our Community Rights and the Water Act factsheet (download the pdf)

Environmental Defenders Office Queensland (EDO Qld) gives a strong legal voice to the environment when needed most.