This part of the Court’s website is designed to provide information to court users, legal practitioners, experts, students and the general public on water and the law.
This page is intended to act as a guide to the Court’s approach to water issues, however it does not constitute legal advice or offer any guarantee as to how a particular dispute will be decided by the Court.
Issues about water arise in a variety of civil and criminal proceedings in the Court.
Civil matters which the Court has jurisdiction to hear and make determinations on include :
Additionally, the Court has jurisdiction to hear and dispose of proceedings to enforce any right, obligation or duty conferred or imposed by a planning or environmental law; review or command the exercise of a function conferred or imposed by a planning or environmental law; and make declarations in relation to any right, obligation or duty or the exercise of any function.
This jurisdiction includes environmental and planning laws relating to water, including the Acts referred to earlier, as well as the
Coastal Protection Act 1979, provisions of which regulate development in coastal waters.
Criminal matters which the Court has jurisdiction to hear and make determinations on include:
Office of Environment and Heritage: Water
Office of Water:
Department of Environment :