Beneficial uses: water resources

Declared beneficial use areas

You can give input into the beneficial use declaration process as part of public consultation on the values and uses of a water resource that should be protected.

How a beneficial use is declared

Beneficial use and guidelines are declared under the Water Act. Read the law.

One or more of the beneficial use categories can be chosen for a water resource.

Beneficial uses may be accompanied by declared water quality objectives or guidelines based on scientific evidence or judgement.

The guidelines help protect, maintain and achieve water quality for the long term.

Beneficial use declarations assist in the development of water management plans. The plans may result in an aim to improve the current water conditions, achieve different water quality in parts of a catchment or recognise that a water resource can't achieve a certain quality in the short term.

Beneficial use declarations are also used to inform waste discharge licences; they establish the objectives or guidelines for a water resource to protect against unwanted water quality impacts.

Read more about waste discharge licences and other environmental approvals and licences.

Declared areas

Beneficial uses have been declared in all of the following areas:

  • Alice Springs water control district
  • Coomalie Creek catchment surface water
  • Copperfield Creek surface water
  • Crater Lake
  • Daly Roper Beetaloo water control district
  • Darwin Harbour Region - high water mark
  • Darwin Harbour Region - natural water waterways
  • Darwin River Dam and catchment
  • Fog Bay area
  • Gove area marine waters
  • Great Artesian Basin water control district
  • Groote Eylandt area marine waters
  • Howley Creek surface water
  • Mary River groundwater
  • Mary River surface water
  • McArthur River catchment area
  • McKinlay River
  • Mount Bundy Creek
  • Ryan Creek
  • Settlement Creek tributaries
  • Ti Tree water control district
  • Vernon Islands area waterways
  • Western Davenport water control district.

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Last updated: 31 May 2018

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