Water Register

The Water Register is a web-based application allows you to search, view and print information about water availability and licences, mostly free of charge.
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Water Register

Only current licences to take water are displayed on the register and the nature of the instrument is displayed as groundwater licences and surface water licences.

Water Register information changes daily, and is for general purposes only.

You can search for either:

  • a property to see if there is a current licence associated with it
  • a licence number to determine if it is valid
  • a licensee to see if they hold a water licence.

The search can also be used to:

  • identify the water resources on a property (for determining water availability for new licences)
  • identify all the current water licences in a resource (to identify trading opportunities).

If you are unable to find the information you need, you can ask us to produce an extract from the register for you. Data requests incur a processing fee set at $25 for the first page of data and $1 for each additional page.

To request an extract, complete and submit the online form below. We will advise you of the applicable processing fee once we have assessed your request.

If you have difficulty accessing the register or require further information, email compass@dwer.wa.gov.au.

Check water availability and licences online from the Water Register


The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation presents information on this website for the benefit of the public, other government agencies, proponents and advisors. Every effort is made to ensure the accuracy, currency and reliability of the data contained on this web site. However, changes in circumstances after the publication of material may impact on its currency and relevance.

Information is provided solely on the basis that site visitors will be responsible for making their own assessment of matters discussed or data presented. No person or organisation should act on the basis of content contained on this site without seeking appropriate advice or verifying the information presented.

Material on this website includes links to external internet sites for your convenience and do not constitute endorsement of any material on those sites, or any associated organisation, product or service. It is the responsibility of the internet user to make their own decision about the accuracy, currency, reliability and correctness of information found on these sites.

By using this site, each person, to the extent permitted by law, releases and indemnifies the State of Western Australia and its officers, employees, agents and others acting under its control from and against all claims and liability in relation to any material on this site. In no event shall the State of Western Australia be liable to any person for any loss or damage suffered, directly or indirectly, as a result of the use of any material on this site.


The Water Register is produced by the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation. It allows you to search, view and print information about water availability and licences.

Accessible design

This website has been designed to be as accessible to as many users as possible, including:

  • people with disabilities who may use assistive technologies
  • those with slower internet connections or less than state of the art equipment
  • rural and regional users
  • those with non-PC internet devices including hand held devices and mobile phones.

Accessible features

The accessibility features available on this site include:

  • instructions for resizing text
  • skip links and a logical tab order to navigate using assistive technologies
  • text-only page
  • printer-friendly page.

Text resizing

Text on this site can be resized by:

  • using the zoom and increase font options from your browser’s menu
  • press the Ctrl key (Microsoft Windows) or the Apple key (Mac OS) on your keyboard and use the + or – key to zoom in and out
  • press Ctrl on your keyboard and scroll with your mouse wheel.

This website allows full tab-based navigation:

  • when you are on a menu item or hyperlink, press enter to activate
  • hold down shift and tab to reverse the tab cycle
  • at the top of each page there are options to skip to various areas of the page to assist users of screenreaders and users that are viewing the website zoomed in.

Request documents

Please contact us for documents in alternative formats.

Disability access and inclusion plan

The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation is committed to delivering services to all people with disabilities, their families and carers. View our Disability access and inclusion plan for more information.