The Environmental Defenders Office (EDO) is the largest public interest environmental law firm in the southern hemisphere. We have over 30 years’ experience advising on water law and policy across all Australian jurisdictions and have accordingly developed an in-depth understanding of best practice water law and governance.

The EDO considers water law and governance in the NT to be amongst the poorest in the country. This conclusion is based on our analysis of the Water Act 1992 (NT) (Water Act), various Water Allocation Plans (WAPs), relevant policy documents and decision-making processes and outcomes. This briefing note briefly sets out some of our particular concerns.