NSW Water Metering Guidance Tool

About water metering
  

The NSW Government has adjusted the first three start dates for the new metering rules. The government remains committed to rolling out the metering rules. However the lack of water due to the severe drought conditions made it impossible for most water users to meet their new obligations by the original deadline.

The Government is also carefully considering the other feedback it heard during the recent metering roadshow, and will provide its response soon. 

About telemetry

Under NSW’s metering rules, all surface and groundwater works captured by the rules need to be fitted with an accurate meter and a telemetry-capable data logger (a Local Intelligence Device or ‘LID’).


All LIDs must be able to connect to a water meter, be capable of transmitting metering data to the government via telemetry, and meet certain minimum physical and functional requirements specified in the Regulation, the Data Logging and Telemetry Specifications 2020 and associated guidelines.


Although all LIDs need to be equipped with the capability to transmit data, via telemetry to the DAS, only water users with surface water works, except pumps less than 200mm, need to utilise this capability.


Further information on the list of compatible data logging and telemetry devices and solutions can be found in the telemetry section of the department's website. 


About this tool

The NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (the department) has created this tool to assist water users determine if they are required to comply with the current metering framework. It consists of a series of short questions and should take less than 5 minutes to complete.

You can access the full suite of information regarding the NSW non-urban water metering framework, including the regulation and policy, in the water reform section of the department's website. 

Please note: 
  • this tool is intended for guidance purposes only
  • it applies to licensed surface water and groundwater works
  • some works, such as those used only for stock and domestic take under basic landholder rights, are not subject to these metering rules
  • this tool does not apply to works already required to meter or measure (as a condition of your work approval or licence). These works must have compliant metering equipment installed by the roll-out date. Any new or replacement metering equipment installed on these works from 1 April 2019 must comply with the new meter standards. 

If you require further information regarding your specific circumstances, please contact the department: water.relations@dpi.nsw.gov.au.






Bore sizes can be found by entering your approval number into the NSW Water Register.

Alternatively, please refer to the Form A provided by your bore driller or measure the diameter of the outer casing of the bore.d

Bore sizes can be found by entering your approval number into the NSW Water Register.

Alternatively, please refer to the Form A provided by your bore driller or measure the diameter of the outer casing of the bore.d

Bore sizes can be found by entering your approval number into the NSW Water Register.

Alternatively, please refer to the Form A provided by your bore driller or measure the diameter of the outer casing of the bore.d

Bore sizes can be found by entering your approval number into the NSW Water Register.

Alternatively, please refer to the Form A provided by your bore driller or measure the diameter of the outer casing of the bore.d

You are required to meter (telemetry not required)

Based on the information provided you have met the metering requirements.
Under the NSW non-urban water metering framework, approvals that meet the multiple surface water works size threshold are required to have a meter by the relevant roll-out dates.
You must have
  • a meter that is pattern approved, unless you comply with arrangements for existing meters installed before 1 April 2019 (see next steps below), and
  • a data logger installed that is telemetry capable, and
  • tamper-evident seals installed, and
  • the installation validated by a duly qualified person, and
  • met the requirements by your regional roll-out date (see roll-out dates below).
While you do not require telemetry you may still install it to reduce your manual reporting requirements and to take advantage of other benefits.

Telemetry provides fine scale data that can inform and influence farm management producing greater efficiency and positive economic outcomes.
Roll-out dates
The NSW Government has adjusted the first three start dates for the new metering rules. The government remains committed to rolling out the metering rules.

However the lack of water due to the severe drought conditions made it impossible for most water users to meet their new obligations by the original deadline.

The Government is also carefully considering the other feedback it heard during the recent metering roadshow, and will provide its response soon.

Key Metering Regional Rollout Dates 
  • Northern Inland - 1 December 2021
  • Southern Inland - 1 December 2022
  • Coastal - 1 December 2023
Refer to regional map for catchments. 

Please note, water sources covered by the following Water Sharing Plans are part of the Northern inland rollout: 
  • NSW Great Artesian Basin Groundwater Sources 2008
  • North Western Unregulated and Fractured Rock Water Sources 2011
  • NSW Great Artesian Basin Shallow Groundwater Sources 2011
  • NSW Murray Darling Basin Fractured Rock Groundwater Sources 2011
  • NSW Murray Darling Basin Porous Rock Groundwater Sources 2011
Logbook
You must continue keeping a logbook as per your current mandatory licencing conditions until your roll-out date.

Manual reporting rules will be amended to make reporting easier and streamline requirements. These changes will be implemented according to the roll-out dates. You will be informed of changes closer to the relevant date.
Next steps
Use the guide below to learn about complying with metering regulations for your specific circumstances.  

If you are installing a new meter
  • Contact a DQP (Duly Qualified Person) to install and validate a pattern-approved meter 
  • The meter must be fitted with a data logger, tamper-evident seals and, if required, telemetry
Before your roll-out date, you must submit the Non-urban water meter validation certificate.

If your existing meter is pattern approved

You must have a validation certificate completed by a DQP (Duly Qualified Person) within:
  • 12 months before your rollout date (for open channel meters), or 
  • 5 years before your rollout date (for all other metering equipment)

The meter must be fitted with a data logger, tamper-evident seals and, if required, telemetry.


Before your rollout date, you must submit the Non-urban water meter--report to rely on transitional arrangements to keep existing metering equipment, and accompanying documents.


If you have a meter manufacturer's certificate


You must have proof of the manufacturer's certificate, and a validation certificate completed by a DQP (Duly Qualified Person) within: 

  • 12 months before your rollout date (for open channel meters), or 

  • 5 years before your rollout date (for all other metering equipment) 

The meter must be fitted with a data logger, tamper-evident seals and, if required, telemetry. 

Before your rollout date, you must submit the Non-urban water meter report to rely on transitional arrangements to keep existing metering equipment, and accompanying documents. 


You, and/or your DQP, will need to complete forms and certificates, and submit them to WaterNSW via the DQP Portal to demonstrate compliance with the metering rules. Your DQP will be able to advise and complete most of this work on your behalf.

If you cannot obtain a meter manufacturer's certificate for your existing meter
  • Your meter must be tested in the field for accuracy by a DQP (Duly Qualified Person) and, the maximum error must not exceed ±5%

  • The meter must be fitted with a data logger, tamper-evident seals and if required, telemetry

Before your rollout date, you must submit:
  • Non-urban water meter -- certificate of accuracy for existing meter(not pattern-approved), and
  • Non-urban water meter -- report to rely on transitional arrangements to keep existing metering equipment, and any accompanying documents
Note: if you cannot meet the requirements for existing meters you will need to install a new meter.

You are required to meter (telemetry not required)

Based on the information provided you have met the metering requirements.
Under the NSW non-urban water metering framework, all surface water pumps between 100-199 mm are required to have a meter by the relevant roll-out dates.
You must have
  • a meter that is pattern approved, unless you comply with arrangements for existing meters installed before 1 April 2019 (see next steps below), and
  • a data logger installed that is telemetry capable, and
  • tamper-evident seals installed, and
  • the installation validated by a duly qualified person, and
  • met the requirements by your regional roll-out date (see roll-out dates below).
While you do not require telemetry you may still install it to reduce your manual reporting requirements and to take advantage of other benefits.

Telemetry provides fine scale data that can inform and influence farm management producing greater efficiency and positive economic outcomes.
Roll-out dates
The NSW Government has adjusted the first three start dates for the new metering rules. The government remains committed to rolling out the metering rules.

However the lack of water due to the severe drought conditions made it impossible for most water users to meet their new obligations by the original deadline.

The Government is also carefully considering the other feedback it heard during the recent metering roadshow, and will provide its response soon.

Key Metering Regional Rollout Dates 
  • Northern Inland - 1 December 2021
  • Southern Inland - 1 December 2022
  • Coastal - 1 December 2023
Refer to regional map for catchments. 

Please note, water sources covered by the following Water Sharing Plans are part of the Northern inland rollout: 
  • NSW Great Artesian Basin Groundwater Sources 2008
  • North Western Unregulated and Fractured Rock Water Sources 2011
  • NSW Great Artesian Basin Shallow Groundwater Sources 2011
  • NSW Murray Darling Basin Fractured Rock Groundwater Sources 2011
  • NSW Murray Darling Basin Porous Rock Groundwater Sources 2011
Logbook
You must continue keeping a logbook as per your current mandatory licencing conditions until your roll-out date.

Manual reporting rules will be amended to make reporting easier and streamline requirements. These changes will be implemented according to the roll-out dates. You will be informed of changes closer to the relevant date.
Next steps
Use the guide below to learn about complying with metering regulations for your specific circumstances.  

If you are installing a new meter
  • Contact a DQP (Duly Qualified Person) to install and validate a pattern-approved meter 
  • The meter must be fitted with a data logger, tamper-evident seals and, if required, telemetry
Before your roll-out date, you must submit the Non-urban water meter validation certificate.

If your existing meter is pattern approved

You must have a validation certificate completed by a DQP (Duly Qualified Person) within:
  • 12 months before your rollout date (for open channel meters), or 
  • 5 years before your rollout date (for all other metering equipment)

The meter must be fitted with a data logger, tamper-evident seals and, if required, telemetry.

Before your rollout date, you must submit the Non-urban water meter--report to rely on transitional arrangements to keep existing metering equipment, and accompanying documents.


If you have a meter manufacturer's certificate


You must have proof of the manufacturer's certificate, and a validation certificate completed by a DQP (Duly Qualified Person) within: 

  • 12 months before your rollout date (for open channel meters), or 

  • 5 years before your rollout date (for all other metering equipment) 

The meter must be fitted with a data logger, tamper-evident seals and, if required, telemetry. 

Before your rollout date, you must submit the Non-urban water meter report to rely on transitional arrangements to keep existing metering equipment, and accompanying documents. 


You, and/or your DQP, will need to complete forms and certificates, and submit them to WaterNSW via the DQP Portal to demonstrate compliance with the metering rules. Your DQP will be able to advise and complete most of this work on your behalf.

If you cannot obtain a meter manufacturer's certificate for your existing meter
  • Your meter must be tested in the field for accuracy by a DQP (Duly Qualified Person) and, the maximum error must not exceed ±5%

  • The meter must be fitted with a data logger, tamper-evident seals and if required, telemetry

Before your rollout date, you must submit:
  • Non-urban water meter -- certificate of accuracy for existing meter(not pattern-approved), and
  • Non-urban water meter -- report to rely on transitional arrangements to keep existing metering equipment, and any accompanying documents
Note: if you cannot meet the requirements for existing meters you will need to install a new meter.

You are required to meter and have telemetry

Based on the information provided you have met the metering and telemetry requirements.
Under the NSW non-urban water metering framework, all surface water pumps of an unspecified size are required to have a meter and telemetry by the relevant roll-out dates.
You must have
  • a meter that is pattern approved, unless you comply with arrangements for existing meters installed before 1 April 2019 (see next steps below), and
  • a data logger, and
  • telemetry equipment installed and connected, and
  • tamper-evident seals installed, and
  • the installation validated by a duly qualified person, and
  • met the requirements by your regional roll-out date (see roll-out dates below).
Amending approval
You can amend your work approval to specify the correct pump size. Once your approval has been amended, a size-specific metering requirement can be applied to your pump(s).
To amend your work approval contact your licensing authority: WaterNSW - 1300 662 077 or Customer.Helpdesk@waternsw.com.au
Natural Resource Access Regulator - 1800 633 362 or nrar.enquiries@nrar.nsw.gov.au.
Roll-out dates
The NSW Government has adjusted the first three start dates for the new metering rules. The government remains committed to rolling out the metering rules.

However the lack of water due to the severe drought conditions made it impossible for most water users to meet their new obligations by the original deadline.

The Government is also carefully considering the other feedback it heard during the recent metering roadshow, and will provide its response soon.

Key Metering Regional Rollout Dates 
  • Northern Inland - 1 December 2021
  • Southern Inland - 1 December 2022
  • Coastal - 1 December 2023
Refer to regional map for catchments. 

Please note, water sources covered by the following Water Sharing Plans are part of the Northern inland rollout: 
  • NSW Great Artesian Basin Groundwater Sources 2008
  • North Western Unregulated and Fractured Rock Water Sources 2011
  • NSW Great Artesian Basin Shallow Groundwater Sources 2011
  • NSW Murray Darling Basin Fractured Rock Groundwater Sources 2011
  • NSW Murray Darling Basin Porous Rock Groundwater Sources 2011
Logbook
You must continue keeping a logbook as per your current mandatory licencing conditions until your roll-out date.

Manual reporting rules will be amended to make reporting easier and streamline requirements. These changes will be implemented according to the roll-out dates. You will be informed of changes closer to the relevant date.
Next steps
Use the guide below to learn about complying with metering regulations for your specific circumstances.  

If you are installing a new meter
  • Contact a DQP (Duly Qualified Person) to install and validate a pattern-approved meter 
  • The meter must be fitted with a data logger, tamper-evident seals and, if required, telemetry
Before your roll-out date, you must submit the Non-urban water meter validation certificate.

If your existing meter is pattern approved

You must have a validation certificate completed by a DQP (Duly Qualified Person) within:
  • 12 months before your rollout date (for open channel meters), or 
  • 5 years before your rollout date (for all other metering equipment)

The meter must be fitted with a data logger, tamper-evident seals and, if required, telemetry.

Before your rollout date, you must submit the Non-urban water meter--report to rely on transitional arrangements to keep existing metering equipment, and accompanying documents.


If you have a meter manufacturer's certificate


You must have proof of the manufacturer's certificate, and a validation certificate completed by a DQP (Duly Qualified Person) within: 

  • 12 months before your rollout date (for open channel meters), or 

  • 5 years before your rollout date (for all other metering equipment) 

The meter must be fitted with a data logger, tamper-evident seals and, if required, telemetry. 

Before your rollout date, you must submit the Non-urban water meter report to rely on transitional arrangements to keep existing metering equipment, and accompanying documents. 


You, and/or your DQP, will need to complete forms and certificates, and submit them to WaterNSW via the DQP Portal to demonstrate compliance with the metering rules. Your DQP will be able to advise and complete most of this work on your behalf.

If you cannot obtain a meter manufacturer's certificate for your existing meter
  • Your meter must be tested in the field for accuracy by a DQP (Duly Qualified Person) and, the maximum error must not exceed ±5%

  • The meter must be fitted with a data logger, tamper-evident seals and if required, telemetry

Before your rollout date, you must submit:
  • Non-urban water meter -- certificate of accuracy for existing meter(not pattern-approved), and
  • Non-urban water meter -- report to rely on transitional arrangements to keep existing metering equipment, and any accompanying documents
Note: if you cannot meet the requirements for existing meters you will need to install a new meter.

You are required to meter and have telemetry

Based on the information provided you have met the metering requirements.
Under the NSW non-urban water metering framework, all surface water pumps between 200 and 499 mm are required to have a meter and telemetry by the relevant roll-out dates.
You must have
  • a meter that is pattern approved, unless you comply with arrangements for existing meters installed before 1 April 2019 (see next steps below), and
  • a data logger, and
  • telemetry equipment installed and connected, and
  • tamper-evident seals installed, and
  • the installation validated by a duly qualified person, and
  • met the requirements by your regional roll-out date (see roll-out dates below).
Roll-out dates
The NSW Government has adjusted the first three start dates for the new metering rules. The government remains committed to rolling out the metering rules.

However the lack of water due to the severe drought conditions made it impossible for most water users to meet their new obligations by the original deadline.

The Government is also carefully considering the other feedback it heard during the recent metering roadshow, and will provide its response soon.

Key Metering Regional Rollout Dates 
  • Northern Inland - 1 December 2021
  • Southern Inland - 1 December 2022
  • Coastal - 1 December 2023
Refer to regional map for catchments. 

Please note, water sources covered by the following Water Sharing Plans are part of the Northern inland rollout: 
  • NSW Great Artesian Basin Groundwater Sources 2008
  • North Western Unregulated and Fractured Rock Water Sources 2011
  • NSW Great Artesian Basin Shallow Groundwater Sources 2011
  • NSW Murray Darling Basin Fractured Rock Groundwater Sources 2011
  • NSW Murray Darling Basin Porous Rock Groundwater Sources 2011
Logbook
You must continue keeping a logbook as per your current mandatory licencing conditions until your roll-out date.

Manual reporting rules will be amended to make reporting easier and streamline requirements. These changes will be implemented according to the roll-out dates. You will be informed of changes closer to the relevant date.
Next steps
Use the guide below to learn about complying with metering regulations for your specific circumstances.  


If you are installing a new meter
  • Contact a DQP (Duly Qualified Person) to install and validate a pattern-approved meter 
  • The meter must be fitted with a data logger, tamper-evident seals and, if required, telemetry
Before your roll-out date, you must submit the Non-urban water meter validation certificate.

If your existing meter is pattern approved

You must have a validation certificate completed by a DQP (Duly Qualified Person) within:
  • 12 months before your rollout date (for open channel meters), or 
  • 5 years before your rollout date (for all other metering equipment)

The meter must be fitted with a data logger, tamper-evident seals and, if required, telemetry.

Before your rollout date, you must submit the Non-urban water meter--report to rely on transitional arrangements to keep existing metering equipment, and accompanying documents.


If you have a meter manufacturer's certificate


You must have proof of the manufacturer's certificate, and a validation certificate completed by a DQP (Duly Qualified Person) within: 

  • 12 months before your rollout date (for open channel meters), or 

  • 5 years before your rollout date (for all other metering equipment) 

The meter must be fitted with a data logger, tamper-evident seals and, if required, telemetry. 

Before your rollout date, you must submit the Non-urban water meter report to rely on transitional arrangements to keep existing metering equipment, and accompanying documents. 


You, and/or your DQP, will need to complete forms and certificates, and submit them to WaterNSW via the DQP Portal to demonstrate compliance with the metering rules. Your DQP will be able to advise and complete most of this work on your behalf.

If you cannot obtain a meter manufacturer's certificate for your existing meter
  • Your meter must be tested in the field for accuracy by a DQP (Duly Qualified Person) and, the maximum error must not exceed ±5%

  • The meter must be fitted with a data logger, tamper-evident seals and if required, telemetry

Before your rollout date, you must submit:
  • Non-urban water meter -- certificate of accuracy for existing meter(not pattern-approved), and
  • Non-urban water meter -- report to rely on transitional arrangements to keep existing metering equipment, and any accompanying documents
Note: if you cannot meet the requirements for existing meters you will need to install a new meter.

You are required to meter and have telemetry by 1 December 2020

Based on the information provided you have met the metering requirements.
The NSW Government has announced adjusted start dates for the new metering rules due to lack of water in the current drought. All surface water pumps of 500 mm and above will now be required to have a meter and telemetry by 1 December 2020.
You must have
  • a meter that is pattern approved, unless you comply with arrangements for existing meters installed before 1 April 2019 (see next steps below), and
  • a data logger, and
  • telemetry equipment installed and connected, and
  • tamper-evident seals installed, and
  • the installation validated by a duly qualified person, and
  • met the requirements by 1 December 2020.
Logbook
You must continue keeping a logbook as per your current mandatory licencing conditions until your roll-out date.

Manual reporting rules will be amended to make reporting easier and streamline requirements. These changes will be implemented according to the roll-out dates. You will be informed of changes closer to the relevant date.
Next steps
Use the guide below to learn about complying with metering regulations for your specific circumstances.  


If you are installing a new meter
  • Contact a DQP (Duly Qualified Person) to install and validate a pattern-approved meter 
  • The meter must be fitted with a data logger, tamper-evident seals and, if required, telemetry
Before your roll-out date, you must submit the Non-urban water meter validation certificate.

If your existing meter is pattern approved

You must have a validation certificate completed by a DQP (Duly Qualified Person) within:
  • 12 months before your rollout date (for open channel meters), or 
  • 5 years before your rollout date (for all other metering equipment)

The meter must be fitted with a data logger, tamper-evident seals and, if required, telemetry.


Before your rollout date, you must submit the Non-urban water meter--report to rely on transitional arrangements to keep existing metering equipment, and accompanying documents.


If you have a meter manufacturer's certificate


You must have proof of the manufacturer's certificate, and a validation certificate completed by a DQP (Duly Qualified Person) within: 

  • 12 months before your rollout date (for open channel meters), or 

  • 5 years before your rollout date (for all other metering equipment) 

The meter must be fitted with a data logger, tamper-evident seals and, if required, telemetry. 

Before your rollout date, you must submit the Non-urban water meter report to rely on transitional arrangements to keep existing metering equipment, and accompanying documents. 


You, and/or your DQP, will need to complete forms and certificates, and submit them to WaterNSW via the DQP Portal to demonstrate compliance with the metering rules. Your DQP will be able to advise and complete most of this work on your behalf.

If you cannot obtain a meter manufacturer's certificate for your existing meter
  • Your meter must be tested in the field for accuracy by a DQP (Duly Qualified Person) and, the maximum error must not exceed ±5%

  • The meter must be fitted with a data logger, tamper-evident seals and if required, telemetry

Before your rollout date, you must submit:
  • Non-urban water meter -- certificate of accuracy for existing meter(not pattern-approved), and
  • Non-urban water meter -- report to rely on transitional arrangements to keep existing metering equipment, and any accompanying documents
Note: if you cannot meet the requirements for existing meters you will need to install a new meter.

You are required to meter and have telemetry

Based on the information provided you have met the metering requirements.
Under the NSW non-urban water metering framework, all open channel surface water works are required to have a meter and telemetry by the relevant roll-out dates.
You must have
  • the design of the open channel metering system certified by a duly qualified person (certified practicing hydrographer or metering system designer), if installed from 1 April 2019, and
  • a data logger, and
  • telemetry equipment installed and connected, and
  • tamper-evident seals installed, and
  • the installation validated by a duly qualified person, and
  • met the requirements by your regional roll-out date.
Roll-out dates
The NSW Government has adjusted the first three start dates for the new metering rules. The government remains committed to rolling out the metering rules.

However the lack of water due to the severe drought conditions made it impossible for most water users to meet their new obligations by the original deadline.

The Government is also carefully considering the other feedback it heard during the recent metering roadshow, and will provide its response soon.

Key Metering Regional Rollout Dates 
  • Northern Inland - 1 December 2021
  • Southern Inland - 1 December 2022
  • Coastal - 1 December 2023
Refer to regional map for catchments. 

Please note, water sources covered by the following Water Sharing Plans are part of the Northern inland rollout: 
  • NSW Great Artesian Basin Groundwater Sources 2008
  • North Western Unregulated and Fractured Rock Water Sources 2011
  • NSW Great Artesian Basin Shallow Groundwater Sources 2011
  • NSW Murray Darling Basin Fractured Rock Groundwater Sources 2011
  • NSW Murray Darling Basin Porous Rock Groundwater Sources 2011
Logbook
You must continue keeping a logbook as per your current mandatory licencing conditions until your roll-out date.

Manual reporting rules will be amended to make reporting easier and streamline requirements. These changes will be implemented according to the roll-out dates. You will be informed of changes closer to the relevant date.
Next steps
Use the guide below to learn about complying with metering regulations for your specific circumstances.  

If you are installing a new meter
  • Contact a DQP (Duly Qualified Person) to design, install and validate an open channel meter 
  • The meter must be fitted with a data logger, tamper-evident seals and, if required, telemetry
Before your roll-out date, you must submit the Non-urban water meter validation certificate.

If your existing meter is pattern approved

You must have a validation certificate completed by a DQP (Duly Qualified Person) within:
  • 12 months before your rollout date (for open channel meters), or 
  • 5 years before your rollout date (for all other metering equipment)

The meter must be fitted with a data logger, tamper-evident seals and, if required, telemetry.


Before your rollout date, you must submit the Non-urban water meter--report to rely on transitional arrangements to keep existing metering equipment, and accompanying documents.


If you have a meter manufacturer's certificate


You must have proof of the manufacturer's certificate, and a validation certificate completed by a DQP (Duly Qualified Person) within: 

  • 12 months before your rollout date (for open channel meters), or 

  • 5 years before your rollout date (for all other metering equipment) 

The meter must be fitted with a data logger, tamper-evident seals and, if required, telemetry. 

Before your rollout date, you must submit the Non-urban water meter report to rely on transitional arrangements to keep existing metering equipment, and accompanying documents. 


You, and/or your DQP, will need to complete forms and certificates, and submit them to WaterNSW via the DQP Portal to demonstrate compliance with the metering rules. Your DQP will be able to advise and complete most of this work on your behalf.

If you cannot obtain a meter manufacturer's certificate for your existing meter
  • Your meter must be tested in the field for accuracy by a DQP (Duly Qualified Person) and, the maximum error must not exceed ±5%

  • The meter must be fitted with a data logger, tamper-evident seals and if required, telemetry

Before your rollout date, you must submit:
  • Non-urban water meter -- certificate of accuracy for existing meter(not pattern-approved), and
  • Non-urban water meter -- report to rely on transitional arrangements to keep existing metering equipment, and any accompanying documents
Note: if you cannot meet the requirements for existing meters you will need to install a new meter.

You are required to meter and have telemetry

Based on the information provided you have met the metering requirements.
Under the NSW non-urban water metering framework, all surface water works (except pumps below the size threshold) are required to have a meter and telemetry by the relevant roll-out dates.
You must have
  • a meter that is pattern approved, unless you comply with arrangements for existing meters installed before 1 April 2019 (see next steps below), and
  • a data logger, and
  • telemetry equipment installed and connected, and
  • tamper-evident seals installed, and
  • the installation validated by a duly qualified person, and
  • met the requirements by your regional roll-out date (see roll-out dates below).
Roll-out dates
The NSW Government has adjusted the first three start dates for the new metering rules. The government remains committed to rolling out the metering rules.

However the lack of water due to the severe drought conditions made it impossible for most water users to meet their new obligations by the original deadline.

The Government is also carefully considering the other feedback it heard during the recent metering roadshow, and will provide its response soon.

Key Metering Regional Rollout Dates 
  • Northern Inland - 1 December 2021
  • Southern Inland - 1 December 2022
  • Coastal - 1 December 2023
Refer to regional map for catchments. 

Please note, water sources covered by the following Water Sharing Plans are part of the Northern inland rollout: 
  • NSW Great Artesian Basin Groundwater Sources 2008
  • North Western Unregulated and Fractured Rock Water Sources 2011
  • NSW Great Artesian Basin Shallow Groundwater Sources 2011
  • NSW Murray Darling Basin Fractured Rock Groundwater Sources 2011
  • NSW Murray Darling Basin Porous Rock Groundwater Sources 2011
Logbook
You must continue keeping a logbook as per your current mandatory licencing conditions until your roll-out date.

Manual reporting rules will be amended to make reporting easier and streamline requirements. These changes will be implemented according to the roll-out dates. You will be informed of changes closer to the relevant date.
Next steps
Use the guide below to learn about complying with metering regulations for your specific circumstances.  

If you are installing a new meter
  • Contact a DQP (Duly Qualified Person) to install and validate a pattern-approved meter 
  • The meter must be fitted with a data logger, tamper-evident seals and, if required, telemetry
Before your roll-out date, you must submit the Non-urban water meter validation certificate.

If your existing meter is pattern approved

You must have a validation certificate completed by a DQP (Duly Qualified Person) within:
  • 12 months before your rollout date (for open channel meters), or 
  • 5 years before your rollout date (for all other metering equipment)

The meter must be fitted with a data logger, tamper-evident seals and, if required, telemetry.


Before your rollout date, you must submit the Non-urban water meter--report to rely on transitional arrangements to keep existing metering equipment, and accompanying documents.


If you have a meter manufacturer's certificate


You must have proof of the manufacturer's certificate, and a validation certificate completed by a DQP (Duly Qualified Person) within: 

  • 12 months before your rollout date (for open channel meters), or 

  • 5 years before your rollout date (for all other metering equipment) 

The meter must be fitted with a data logger, tamper-evident seals and, if required, telemetry. 

Before your rollout date, you must submit the Non-urban water meter report to rely on transitional arrangements to keep existing metering equipment, and accompanying documents. 


You, and/or your DQP, will need to complete forms and certificates, and submit them to WaterNSW via the DQP Portal to demonstrate compliance with the metering rules. Your DQP will be able to advise and complete most of this work on your behalf.

If you cannot obtain a meter manufacturer's certificate for your existing meter
  • Your meter must be tested in the field for accuracy by a DQP (Duly Qualified Person) and, the maximum error must not exceed ±5%

  • The meter must be fitted with a data logger, tamper-evident seals and if required, telemetry

Before your rollout date, you must submit:
  • Non-urban water meter -- certificate of accuracy for existing meter(not pattern-approved), and
  • Non-urban water meter -- report to rely on transitional arrangements to keep existing metering equipment, and any accompanying documents
Note: if you cannot meet the requirements for existing meters you will need to install a new meter.

You are required to meter (telemetry not required)

Based on the information provided you have met the metering requirements.
Under the NSW non-urban water metering framework, all groundwater works in at-risk groundwater sources are required to have a meter by the relevant roll-out dates.
Based on the information provided you have met the metering requirements.

Under the NSW non-urban water metering framework, all groundwater works (except bores below the relevant size threshold) are required to have a meter by the relevant roll-out dates.
Based on the information provided you have met the metering requirements.
Under the NSW non-urban water metering framework, all groundwater bores above the size threshold are required to have a meter by the relevant roll-out dates.
You must have
  • a meter that is pattern approved, unless you comply with arrangements for existing meters installed before 1 April 2019 (see next steps below), and
  • a data logger installed that is telemetry capable, and
  • tamper-evident seals installed, and
  • the installation validated by a duly qualified person, and
  • met the requirements by your regional roll-out date (see roll-out dates below).
While you do not require telemetry you may still install it to reduce your manual reporting requirements and to take advantage of other benefits.

Telemetry provides fine scale data that can inform and influence farm management producing greater efficiency and positive economic outcomes.
Roll-out dates
The NSW Government has adjusted the first three start dates for the new metering rules. The government remains committed to rolling out the metering rules.

However the lack of water due to the severe drought conditions made it impossible for most water users to meet their new obligations by the original deadline.

The Government is also carefully considering the other feedback it heard during the recent metering roadshow, and will provide its response soon.

Key Metering Regional Rollout Dates 
  • Northern Inland - 1 December 2021
  • Southern Inland - 1 December 2022
  • Coastal - 1 December 2023
Refer to regional map for catchments. 

Please note, water sources covered by the following Water Sharing Plans are part of the Northern inland rollout: 
  • NSW Great Artesian Basin Groundwater Sources 2008
  • North Western Unregulated and Fractured Rock Water Sources 2011
  • NSW Great Artesian Basin Shallow Groundwater Sources 2011
  • NSW Murray Darling Basin Fractured Rock Groundwater Sources 2011
  • NSW Murray Darling Basin Porous Rock Groundwater Sources 2011
Amending approval
If needed, you can amend your work approval to specify the correct bore size.

To amend your work approval contact your licensing authority: WaterNSW - 1300 662 077 or Customer.Helpdesk@waternsw.com.au
Natural Resource Access Regulator - 1800 633 362 or nrar.enquiries@nrar.nsw.gov.au.
Logbook
You must continue keeping a logbook as per your current mandatory licencing conditions until your roll-out date.

Manual reporting rules will be amended to make reporting easier and streamline requirements. These changes will be implemented according to the roll-out dates. You will be informed of changes closer to the relevant date.
Next steps
Use the guide below to learn about complying with metering regulations for your specific circumstances.  

If you are installing a new meter
  • Contact a DQP (Duly Qualified Person) to install and validate a pattern-approved meter 
  • The meter must be fitted with a data logger, tamper-evident seals and, if required, telemetry
Before your roll-out date, you must submit the Non-urban water meter validation certificate.

If your existing meter is pattern approved

You must have a validation certificate completed by a DQP (Duly Qualified Person) within:
  • 12 months before your rollout date (for open channel meters), or 
  • 5 years before your rollout date (for all other metering equipment)

The meter must be fitted with a data logger, tamper-evident seals and, if required, telemetry.


Before your rollout date, you must submit the Non-urban water meter--report to rely on transitional arrangements to keep existing metering equipment, and accompanying documents.


If you have a meter manufacturer's certificate


You must have proof of the manufacturer's certificate, and a validation certificate completed by a DQP (Duly Qualified Person) within: 

  • 12 months before your rollout date (for open channel meters), or 

  • 5 years before your rollout date (for all other metering equipment) 

The meter must be fitted with a data logger, tamper-evident seals and, if required, telemetry. 

Before your rollout date, you must submit the Non-urban water meter report to rely on transitional arrangements to keep existing metering equipment, and accompanying documents. 


You, and/or your DQP, will need to complete forms and certificates, and submit them to WaterNSW via the DQP Portal to demonstrate compliance with the metering rules. Your DQP will be able to advise and complete most of this work on your behalf.

If you cannot obtain a meter manufacturer's certificate for your existing meter
  • Your meter must be tested in the field for accuracy by a DQP (Duly Qualified Person) and, the maximum error must not exceed ±5%

  • The meter must be fitted with a data logger, tamper-evident seals and if required, telemetry

Before your rollout date, you must submit:
  • Non-urban water meter -- certificate of accuracy for existing meter(not pattern-approved), and
  • Non-urban water meter -- report to rely on transitional arrangements to keep existing metering equipment, and any accompanying documents
Note: if you cannot meet the requirements for existing meters you will need to install a new meter.

You are not required to meter

Based on the information provided you have not met the metering requirements and you are not required to meter under the NSW non-urban water metering framework. For further information regarding the NSW non-urban water metering framework, including the regulation and policy, please visit the water reform section of the department's website.
For your consideration
While you do not require a meter or telemetry, the department encourages all water users to invest in this technology.

Metering will provide you with assurance that you are taking the correct amount of water from the system and telemetry provides fine-scale data that can inform and influence farm management, producing greater efficiency and positive economic outcomes. Many water users are choosing to voluntarily invest in the future of their operation by installing a meter, data logger and telemetry on their works.

In addition, having a meter may reduce the fees payable to WaterNSW through a 2-Part Tariff and may also reduce your manual reporting requirements (i.e. logbooks).
Amending approval
If needed, you can amend your work approval to specify the correct bore size.

To amend your work approval contact your licensing authority: WaterNSW - 1300 662 077 or customer.Helpdesk@waternsw.com.au
Natural Resource Access Regulator - 1800 633 362 or nrar.enquiries@nrar.nsw.gov.au.
Logbook
You must continue maintaining a logbook as per your current mandatory licencing conditions.

Manual reporting rules will be amended to make reporting easier and to streamline requirements. These changes will be implemented according to the metering roll-out dates. You will be informed of changes closer to the relevant date.