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WATER ACT


TABLE OF PROVISIONS

           Long Title

   PART 1--PRELIMINARY

   1.      Short title  
   2.      Commencement  
   3.      Repeal  
   4.      Interpretation  
   5.      Minister may declare land to be waterway, &c.  
   6.      Act to bind Crown  
   7.      Application of Act to mining or petroleum activity  
   8.      Exercise of certain functions by statutory authorities  

   PART 2--GENERAL PROVISIONS RELATING TO NATURAL WATER AND POLLUTION

           Division 1--Rights to Natural Water, &c.

   9.      Crown rights to water  
   10.     Public right to take water for domestic and stock purposes  
   11.     Rights of owners or occupiers of land in contact with waterway to take water for certain purposes  
   12.     Ownership of bed and banks of waterway forming boundary of land  
   13.     Rights of owner or occupier of adjacent land over banks of boundary waterway  
   14.     Right of owners of overlying land to take ground water for certain purposes  
   15.     Obstruction of or interference with waterway prohibited  

           Division 2--Pollution

   16.     Prohibition of pollution  
   17.     Rights to prevent pollution preserved  

   PART 3--ADMINISTRATION

           Division 1--General Administration

   18.     Controller of Water Resources  
   19.     Delegation  
   20.     Power to enter land and take action  
   21.     Authorised officer  
   22.     Water control district  
   22A.    Beneficial uses within water control district  
   22B.    Water allocation plans  
   23.     Water Advisory Committees  

           Division 2--Water Resources Review Panel

   24.     Establishment and constitution of Review Panel  
   25.     Resignation of member  
   26.     Absence of chairman or vacancy in office  
   27.     Confidentiality  
   28.     Disclosure of interest  
   29.     Meetings of Review Panel  

           Division 3--Review of certain actions and decisions

   30.     Application for review  
   31.     Power of Review Panel  
   32.     Reasons to be given  

           Division 4--Protection of officers, &c.

   33.     Protection of members of review panel and other officers  

   PART 4--WATER RESOURCES INVESTIGATION

   34.     Water resources investigation  
   35.     Monitoring equipment, &c., not fixture or improvement to land  
   36.     Water investigation permits  
   37.     Breach of terms or conditions of permit  
   38.     Notice where private land disturbed  
   39.     Access to confidential information  

   PART 5--SURFACE WATER

           Division 1--Works

   40.     Prohibition of unauthorised works  
   41.     Grant of construction permit  
   42.     Breach of term or condition of permit  

           Division 2--Taking surface water

   43.     Definition  
   44.     Unauthorised taking or use of surface water prohibited  
   45.     Licence to take or use water  
   46.     Breach of term or condition of licence  

   PART 6--GROUND WATER

           Division 1--General

   47.     Declaration of exemptions  

           Division 2--Drilling licences

   48.     Prohibition of unlicensed drillers  
   49.     Grant of drilling licence  
   50.     Breach of term or condition of licence  
   51.     Surrender of licence  
   52.     Obligation to produce drilling licence  
   53.     Obligation to provide information  
   54.     Drillers' Qualifications Advisory Committee  

           Division 3--Construction permits

   55.     Notification of particulars of bores  
   56.     Prohibition of unlawful construction, &c.  
   57.     Grant of bore construction permit  
   58.     Breach of term or condition of permit  

           Division 4--Extraction of ground water

   59.     Prohibition of unlicensed extraction of ground water  
   60.     Grant of licence to take ground water  
   61.     Breach of term or condition of licence  

           Division 5--Waste disposal

   62.     Prohibition of unlicensed waste disposal  
   63.     Grant of underground waste disposal licence  
   64.     Breach of term or condition of licence  
   65.     Change in use of bore  

           Division 6--Recharge of aquifers

   66.     Prohibition of unlicensed recharge  
   67.     Grant of recharge licence  
   68.     Breach of term or condition of licence  

           Division 7--General

   69.     Prohibition of waste  
   70.     Power to give directions  
   71.     Contravention of notice  

   PART 6A--WATER EXTRACTION LICENCE DECISIONS

   71A.    Water extraction licence decision and application of Part  
   71B.    Notice of intention to make water extraction licence decision  
   71C.    Making water extraction licence decision  
   71D.    Notice of water extraction licence decision  
   71E.    Notice of substituted or varied water extraction licence decision  

   PART 7--WATER QUALITY

   72.     Definition  
   73.     Water quality standards  
   74.     Grant of waste discharge licence  
   74A.    Actions may be carried out under approval, &c., under Waste Management and Pollution Control Act  
   75.     Further information  
   76.     Breach of terms or conditions of licence  
   77.     Monitoring  

   PART 8--WATER RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT

           Division 1--Preliminary

   78.     Definition  

           Division 2--Development works

   79.     Power to construct works, &c.  
   80.     Information and advice  

           Division 3--General

   81.     Use of bore where costs borne by Territory  
   82.     No liability for information or advice  
   83.     Duty to comply with Act and directions  

   PART 9--FEES AND CHARGES

   84.     Power to recover unpaid moneys  

   PART 10--GENERAL PROVISIONS

           Division 1--General

   86.     Interpretation  
   87.     Compensation and liability  
   88.     Power to require records, &c.  
   89.     False or misleading information  

           Division 2--Powers concerning licences and rights of use

   90.     Factors to be considered  
   91.     Agreement with State  
   92.     Transfer of permit or licence  
   93.     Power to amend, modify or revoke licence  
   94.     Power to surrender licence  
   95.     Registers  
   96.     Emergency powers to limit rights to take water  
   97.     Emergency powers to control pollution  

           Division 3--Offences and penalties

   98.     Destruction of works  
   99.     Interference with supply and drainage  
   100.    Prohibition of waste  
   101.    Obstruction of officers, &c.  
   102.    Offences against Act  
   103.    Evidentiary  
   104.    Definition of maximum default penalty  
   105.    Proceedings for offences  
   105A.   Alternative verdicts  

   PART 11--MISCELLANEOUS

   106.    Service of document  
   107.    Just compensation to be paid  
   108.    Regulations  
   109.    Transitional  
   110.    Transitional matters for Water Amendment Act 2007  
   111.    Validation for actions before Water Amendment Act 2010  
           SCHEDULE
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