The framework is based on national non-urban metering standards, agreed by all Australian states and territories in 2009.
Under these rules, about 95 per cent of licensed water take capacity will need to be fitted with accurate, auditable and tamper evident meters.
While many water users already use meters to record their water take, these rules apply a consistent standard to all to help ensure that we know how much water is being taken and whether it is being taken according to the rules.
The metering framework includes the:
- NSW Non-Urban Water Metering Policy (the policy): explains what water users need to do according to the new framework. It has been updated to reflect the government’s August 2020 decision to retain government-owned meters.
- metering-related provisions of the Water Management (General) Regulation 2018 (the regulation)
- metering-related provisions of the Water Management Act 2000: together with the regulation, the Act gives legal effect to the new framework.
Water users will need to ensure that they have compliant metering equipment by the relevant rollout date. Download the leaflet.
Learn more about the requirements of the metering rollout for water users.
Information for DQPs about their role in the non-urban metering framework, and where to find help if needed.
Read more about the history of non-urban water metering in our document library.
Floodplain harvesting measurement
The NSW Government is also implementing rules for measuring floodplain harvesting, based on its Floodplain harvesting measurement policy.
Read more on floodplain harvesting measurement.