Draft guideline: Spring exemptions

Closed 31 May 2022

Opened 17 Dec 2021


On 17 December 2021, the department released the Draft guideline: Spring exemptions under Part III section 5(1)(a) of the Rights in Water and Irrigation Act 1914 for public comment.

The public consultation period closed on 31 May 2022.

We thank all respondents who provided feedback on the draft guideline. All feedback was considered in finalising the spring exemptions guideline.

A consultation summary report capturing the main feedback themes and our response has been published alongside the final Guideline: Spring exemptions on the WA Government website.

This guideline is part of the department’s policy framework. Guidance is needed as the Act does not define the process for determining whether the exemption in section 5(1)(a) applies to a spring.

The guideline outlines the relevant considerations that need to be taken into account by landowners and occupiers of land when determining if the circumstances on their property meet the requirements of section 5(1)(a).

If you have any queries or require additional information, please contact the department’s local office based on your property’s location.


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  • Water policy