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Department of Environment and Natural Resource (NT)

The NT Department of Land Resource Management provides natural resource management extension services and advice to landholders across the NT. Services include scientific assessment of vegetation, fauna, land and water assets and the allocation, management and monitoring of these resources to enable sustainable and appropriate use. The Northern Territory’s water resources are generally considered to be under relatively little pressure due to a comparatively small population base and low intensity of land use. However, this is changing and as the rest of Australia is experiencing immense pressure on its water resources, the largely intact water resources in the Northern Territory are increasingly becoming subject to higher demands. The Water Directorate has been established to facilitate development and implementation of water policy across water resources and water and sewerage services. The Water Resources Division has been set up to implement the primary piece of water resource legislation, the Northern Territory Water Act. The Act provides for the investigation, allocation, use, control, protection, management and administration of water resources, and for related purposes. The Water Resources Division is responsible for the development of Water Allocation Plans across the Northern Territory. Water Allocation plans are statutory instruments, declared under the Water Act to ensure that water extraction is undertaken in a sustainable and equitable manner with priority given to environmental and cultural flows to protect our unique environment. The other main function of the Division is to ensure that licensing, regulation and compliance are undertaken in a thorough and transparent manner.

Within Water Resources, there a number of branches whose functions include:
• Water Assessment – provide professional advice on the capability of NT water resources for development,
management and protection.
• Water Planning – develop regional water allocation plans for the long term development of water resources in
consultation with stakeholders.
• Water Regulation – administer permits and licences; provide advice and assistance to ensure water resource
use and development activities are undertaken in accordance with the Water Act.
• Water Monitoring – maintain and operate a network of river and groundwater monitoring sites and data
• Flood Forecasting – provide professional advice and information on floodplain management.
• Aquatic Health – provide advice monitor and research the aquatic ecosystem health of the Territory’s inland
rivers and Darwin Harbour.
• Drilling services – discover and define ground water resources across the NT through water bore drilling and
pump testing

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