Metadata : Northern Territory Water Management Areas


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Name:AS/NZS ISO 19115 Geographic Information - Metadata, ANZLIC Metadata Profile


Date Metadata Extracted:2022-10-02

Date Metadata Last Updated:2017-06-08

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ANZLIC Identifier:789C47A61CA82C05E040CD9B2144690D

Title: Northern Territory Water Management Areas

Citation Date:2017-06-06

Date Type:revision

Custodian:Department of Environment, Parks and Water Security



The Northern Territory Water Management Areas define the boundary extents of Water Management Zones within Water Allocation Plan areas and Water Control Districts as determined by the Minister as statutory instruments under the Water Act 1992, for the purpose of surface water and groundwater management.

WATER CONTROL DISTRICTS provide a basis for administering the management of the extent and distribution of surface water and groundwater resources.

WATER ALLOCATION PLAN AREAS apply to specific water resources within a Water Control District and ensure that water extraction of the resource is undertaken in a sustainable and equitable manner. Plans are declared by the Minister for a specific time frame with a maximum of ten years.

WATER PLAN MANAGEMENT ZONES apply to specific areas located within a Water Allocation Plan Area and are generally established to reduce local short term impacts of extraction. Rules for each zone are defined in water allocation plans to determine how water can be used and/or traded.

TIWI WATER RESOURCE STRATEGY is no longer administered by DENR, it is now manage by the Tiwi Land Council.

The boundary extents of DRAFT areas are subject to change and must be labeled "Draft" on any derivative products.
Individual maps and spatial data are available for each specific water management area.

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Character Set: Latin 1


Maintenance and Update Frequency:asNeeded

Data Currency Start Date:2000-01-14

Data Currency End Date:2017-06-06

Access Constraint:

Download the spatial data package (contains spatial data, maps and reports) via

You are licensed to use the DENR geospatial products on the terms and conditions set out in: Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Public License (CC BY 4.0) at:

If you do not agree to the terms and conditions you must not use the geospatial products.

You are free to copy, communicate and adapt the licensed material, provided that you abide by the licence terms (including Attribution) and attribute the licensed material using the statement:

Supplied by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. Copyright Northern Territory Government.

Data Quality

Lineage:The boundary extent for each of the NT Water Management Areas were created by various officers using a range of GIS software with reference to cadastral boundaries, topographic, hydrogeological, surface water and/or catchment datasets. The particular of each boundaries are written on each water management areas government gazettes.

Positional Accuracy:Data stored in geographic coordinates using horizontal datum GDA94.
The polygon boundary for each management area is combined and updated into a Northern Territory dataset using an ESRI ArcGIS File Geo-database. Topological rules state that Water Allocation Plan areas must be within Water Control Districts and that Water Plan Management Zones must be within Water Allocation Plan areas

Attribute Accuracy:All polygons attributed using the data dictionary as described below

Logical Consistency:All polygons are closed and labelled using the prescribed data dictionary

Completeness:DRAFT areas are subject to change.


Data Requests OfficerDepartment of Environment, Parks and Water SecurityGeospatial Services Branch (on behalf of department)

Data Dictionary

AttributeAttribute DescriptionPossible CodeCode Description
AREA_KM2(Double) Area of water management areas in km2 using projection Albers NT
PLAN_GAZ(Char, 50) If Plan is Declared enter NT Govt Gazettal Notice number and date; If Plan is in preparation - use value Draft
PLAN_NAME(Char, 100) Water Allocation Plan name - as declared
PLAN_REP(Char, 100) If Plan is Declared enter URL link to Plan Report; If Plan is in preparation - use value Draft
PLAN_SHORT(Char, 50) Short reference name for Water Allocation Plan
WCD_GAZ(Char, 50) NT Govt Gazettal Notice number and date
WCD_NAME(Char, 100) Water Control District name - as declared.
WMA STATUS(Char, 20) If Plan is declared - use value Declared; If Plan is in preparation - use value Draft
ZONE_DESC(Char, 254) Description of Water Management Zone
ZONE_REF(Char, 200) Plan reference name for Water Management Zone

Supplementary Information

For more information about Northern Territory Water Management, please refer to these web pages;

Water Allocation Planning:
Water Control Districts:

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