Who can hold a water licence
To hold a water licence in Queensland, as defined in section 104 of the Water Act 2000, you need to be either:
- an owner of land
- a prescribed entity.
If you are considering applying for a water licence or participating in an unallocated water release process, you need to be eligible to hold a water licence.
A prescribed entity can apply for a water licence as long as they don't own the land attached to the licence, as defined in section 104 of the Act.
To become a prescribed entity, under the regulation, you need to make a request in writing to the Chief Executive of the Department of Regional Development, Manufacturing and Water. Contact 13 QGOV or email WIH@rdmw.qld.gov.au for more information regarding this process.
Your request should include the following information:
- why a water licence is required
- the location(s) where a water licence may be required
- short-term and future requirements for obtaining a water licence
- project and/or development information to support the requirement for a water licence
- evidence of legal status (i.e. if you are a company, you must provide evidence of registration of a company under the Corporations Act 2001 (Cwlth)).
Your request to become a prescribed entity will initially be considered by the Chief Executive. You will be contacted if further information is required to make a decision.
In order for a successful request to be finalised, the entity must be prescribed by being listed in Schedule 4 of the Water Regulation 2016. This process requires Governor in Council approval and timeframes may vary. Once listed you may apply for a water licence as a prescribed entity.