On 30 March 2023, the Water Legislation Amendment Bill 2023 (Bill) was introduced to the Northern Territory Parliament. It seeks to amend the Water Act 1992 (NT) (Water Act) and the Water Regulations 1992 (NT) (Water Regulations), including with respect to how mining activities are regulated under this legislation. This Briefing Note considers:

– How mining activities are currently regulated under the Water Act
– What the Bill proposes to do
– Our concerns with the Bill as it relates to mining activities; and
– Our recommendations