How we develop water allocation plans
Water allocation planning is one of the ways we manage the state's water resources.
Allocation plans set out how much water is available from a particular resource or area and how much water needs to be left in the system to ensure its sustainability. Allocation plans also detail what local policies and conditions will be applied to licences issued under the Rights in Water and Irrigation Act 1914.
- provides a consistent, transparent process for licensing
- ensures the long-term sustainability of a region's water resources
- brings certainty for water users
- protects water resources and water-dependent environments into the future.
Water allocation planning is based on scientific evidence and involves a significant amount of research and stakeholder consultation.
Our water allocation plans are non-statutory but reflect the intent of the National Water Initiative.
We follow a consistent and transparent process for developing allocation plans across the state. This process is:
- briefly outlined in our Water allocation planning brochure and the below diagram
- explained in detail in Water allocation planning in Western Australia.
Water allocation planning model