Evolution of water regulation in New South Wales

Posted 21 December 2012

A new article published in the Australasian Journal of Natural Resources Law and Policy charts the recent history of compliance and enforcement of groundwater licences in New South Wales.

The article draws on 25 interviews, conducted with regulators and farmers in 2010/2011, to examine the evolution of water regulation – highlighting both the successes and the challenges in compliance and enforcement over the last 20 years of Australia's water management reforms.

Written by Cameron Holley (UNSW CWI) and Darren Sinclair (ANU), the article reveals governments have often struggled to provide an effective and comprehensive compliance and enforcement regime for water.

The authors accordingly offer a series of important recommendations fundamental to improving compliance and enforcement around eight key themes, including communication and education, prosecution, enforcement options, enforcement strategies, data management, cultural change, monitoring technologies, and resourcing.

The authors can be contacted at c.holley@unsw.edu.au, darren.sinclair@anu.edu.au and the article is available from the Australasian Journal of Natural Resources Law and Policy, Issue 15(2), 2012.

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