The right to take water in Western Australia is generally authorised by a licence to take water issued under Section 5C of the Rights in Water and Irrigation Act 1914.
A Section 5C licence specifies a maximum annual volume of ground or surface water that can be taken (a licensed entitlement), terms and conditions, and duration (expressed as an issue date and an expiry date).
The intent of this standard is to:
- Implement a 10 year tenure for licences granted under Section 5C of the Rights in Water and Irrigation Act 1914
- Describe circumstances when a Section 5C licence may be granted for less than 10 years
- Achieve consistent decision making related to setting Section 5C licence tenure across the state.
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