Metadata : Water Allocation Plans in the Northern Territory


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


Date Metadata Extracted:2023-03-23

Date Metadata Last Updated:2022-11-07

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ANZLIC Identifier:89EBBEA61FBAEA60E050CD9B21440C9B

Title: Water Allocation Plans in the Northern Territory

Citation Date:2019-05-28

Date Type:creation

Custodian:Department of Environment, Parks and Water Security



A water allocation plan (WAP) is a legal document that sets out the rules for managing the take and use of water resources to ensure resource sustainability. It is developed with the community, industry and key stakeholders for each water resource identified as being significant.

A WAP ensures that the needs of the environment are taken into account when determining how much water is made available for consumptive purposes (licensed and non-licensed). It sets the amount of water that will be available, how that water may be allocated to users, and the types of activities that are permitted with that water.

Once a WAP is in place, water users can apply for a licence, transfer water between users and a range of other activities subject to the rules and limits of the WAP.

WAP aim to protect the environment and equitably share the available water between users, to ensure the long term sustainability of the water resource. Plans are developed in regions where there are competing demands for water, there is risk from water use on significant environmental or cultural values, or a need to manage the whole system (surface water and groundwater reserves) due to their significant inter-connection.

WAP detail the area and water resource to which the plan applies, as well as the vision, objectives, strategies and performance indicators of the plan. A WAP includes the following:
- A description of the water resource and its characteristics;
- Rationale about the need for the plan, its legal basis and effect;
- Clear purpose, objectives, outcomes, strategies and performance indicators;
- Explanation of historic, current and projected demand on the water resources;
- Sustainable yield and allocation of water to Beneficial Uses;
- A description of the risks and uncertainties;
- Rules for management of licences and permits; and
- Monitoring and reporting arrangements.

Developing the draft WAP can take several years. Draft WAP are released for public comment and submissions before being finalised and implemented. A finalised WAP applies for up to 10 years and is reviewed at least every five years. The review process provides an opportunity to assess progress and fine tune the WAP based on new information gained through its monitoring program. The Water Act allows for the declaration of WAPs within Water Control Districts (WCDs), ensuring water is equitably managed to preserve quality of life and the integrity of the water dependent ecosystems in the region.

WAPs are being developed on a priority basis in areas where there are competing demands for human consumptive needs and/or where natural aquatic ecosystems have significant ecological or social values.

There are five declared water allocation plans:
- Alice Springs Water Allocation Plan 2016 - 2026
- Katherine Tindall Limestone Aquifer Water Allocation Plan 2019 - 2024
- Western Davenport Water Allocation Plan 2021 -2022
- Berry Springs Water Allocation Plan 2016 - 2026
- Oolloo Dolostone Aquifer Water Allocation Plan 2019 - 2029

There are two water allocation plans with draft status:
- Great Artesian Basin
- Ti Tree

There are four water allocation plans with In progress status:
- Howard
- Mataranka Tindall
- Flora Tindall Water Allocation Plan
- Georgina Wiso Water Allocation Plan

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Character Set: Latin 1


Maintenance and Update Frequency:asNeeded

Data Currency Start Date:2000-01-14

Data Currency End Date:2022-11-07

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Data Quality

Lineage:The boundary extent for each of Water Allocation Plan were created using a range of GIS software with reference to cadastral boundaries, topographic, hydrogeological, surface water and/or catchment datasets. The details of each boundaries are described on each water allocation government gazettes.

Positional Accuracy:Data stored in geographic coordinates using horizontal datum GDA94

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.



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

Data Dictionary

AttributeAttribute DescriptionPossible CodeCode Description
01. WAP_NAMEWater Allocation Plan name (STRING, 100)The declared water allocation plan name in the Northern Territory Government gazette.
02. WAP_SNWater Allocation Plan short name (STRING, 50The water allocation plan short name for simple reference.
03. WAP_STATUSWater Allocation Plan status (STRING, 15)WAP status: 1. Declared 2. Draft 3. In progress 4. Lapsed
04. WAP_ST_DESWater Allocation Plan status description (STRING, 100)Declared - Plan declared and published in the Northern Territory Government Gazette; Draft - Plan completed but not declared, ready for public comments; In progress - Plan in development and/or in WAP Committee review, not for public comments; Lapsed - Plan with outdated declared period of more than 10 years.
05. DCL_TITLEDeclaration title (STRING, 254)The title of the declaration in the NT Government gazette.
Instrument signed date by the minister as declared in the NT Government gazette.
06. DCL_SGD_DTDeclaration signed date (DATE)Instrument signed date by the minister as declared in the NT Government gazette.
07. DCL_GAZ_NODeclaration gazette number (STRING, 5)The NT Government gazette number with the declaration.
08. DCL_GAZ_DTDeclaration gazette date (DATE)The date of the NT Government gazette with the published declaration.
09. WAP_REPWater Allocation Plan report (STRING, 254)The link to the water allocation plan report in the Northern Territory Library depository.
10. WAP_URL Water Allocation Plan web page (STRING, 254)The link to the water allocation plan web page listing both the map and the gazette.
11. WCD_SNWater Control District short name (STRING, 50)The water control district short name for simple reference.
12. WAP_MD_IDWater Allocation Plan metadata identifier (STRING, 50)The ANZLIC metadata record identification number for the Water Allocation Plan.
13. WAP_MD_URLWater Allocation Plan metadata web page (STRING, 254)The link to the water allocation plan metadata record web page.
14. AREA_SQKMWater Allocation Plan area in square kilometres (FLOAT)Area value calculated from the geospatial depiction which represents the extent of the water allocation plan area using Albers Equal-Area Conic projection.
15. NOTESNotes (STRING, 254)Internal comments relating to the water allocation plan not included in the other fields.

Supplementary Information

For more information about Water Allocation Plans in the Northern Territory refer to web page

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