Licensing of water diversions and issuing water allocations are essential ingredients for good water management. In Tasmania, before water can be taken from a river or stream or stored in a farm dam for commercial purposes, a licence must be obtained from the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment.
Once a person has established a water allocation under the Water Management Act 1999, an allocation may be attached to the licence. A water allocation can be obtained by either establishing a right to take water from the stream at the licence location, or by transferring water from another licence.
Conditions can be placed on both the water licence and/or allocation. Conditions are included to enable the water resource to be sustainably managed and to protect both water quality and environmental needs of waterways.
Search for Water Entitlement and Dam Permit Data via WIST (Water Information System of Tasmania).