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New South Wales

The NSW Government is committed to implementing a robust metering framework to improve the standard and coverage of non-urban water meters across NSW. This is an important step in helping to build community confidence in how the state’s water is managed.

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The NSW Government have produced FAQ’s for Duly Qualified Persons and there are also FAQ’s available for the DQP Portal. There is further information on the DQP Portal and frequently asked questions on this website.

Read the Guide on Non-urban water metering in NSW from the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment to learn what water users need to know.

For assistance with metering requirements Use the Online Metering Guidance Tool

Information can be found on the NSW Government website about their NSW Water Meter Policy

DQP Portal - New Tutorial Videos Available

WaterNSW has prepared new videos for CMIs/DQPs to assist in using the DQP Portal. There are eight videos in this series:

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A Guide to Metering on Portable Pumps in NSW

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I need a meter in NSW, what now? - NSW metering rules

This video by the Gwydir Valley Irrigators Association steps you through the NSW metering tool to help you work out if you need a meter or telemetry. It also shows you how to find a duly qualified person near you that can provide you with expert advice on what meter to install and install that meter for you.

Watch the video

Non-urban Water Meter Integration Guide -Desktop Compatibility Review

Information in this review will assist CMIs in the installation of telemetry & data logging devices known as Local Intelligent Devices (LIDs) in NSW. This work was initially undertaken by Parasyn on behalf of the NSW Government and is now managed by Irrigation Australia. 

This desktop compatibility review was undertaken to document the applicable interfaces, including wiring details, to facilitate integration between a range of selected non urban water meters and LIDs. The LID and water meter combinations only considered two interfaces: Modbus and hard-wired signals (including pulses and/or status/alarm) and applied as the particular water meter permits. The following meters have been included in the review:

  • Krohne WaterFlux 3070
  • Krohne Optiflux 2300C
  • Siemens MAG 8000 + 5100W
  • Siemens MAG 6000CT + 5100W
  • Arad Octave
  • Arad WST sb 
  • ABB AquaMaster3 FEV2
  • ABB AquaMaster4
  • Aquamonix - Pentair I500
  • Sensus WP-Dynamic
  • Euromag MUT 2200 EL + MC608x
  • Rubicon Sonaray Pipe Meter
  • Mace FloSeries 3 XCi - AgriFlo
  • Endress+Hauser Promag W 400
  • BIL WPD Water Meter

To download the Integration Guide - Click HERE

How to Make Administrative Changes Via WaterNSW

How to make administrative changes via WaterNSW, is for inactive users who can update their work approval status and remove mandatory metering obligations. As well as for users where the works on the ground do not align with your approval. Video supplied by Gwydir Valley Irrigators Association

Watch this video HERE

Works Approvals and Why They Are Important

To understand WaterNSW Works Approvals and why they are important watch this video prepared by the Gwydir Valley Irrigators Association - Click HERE to watch

Funding for Telemetry and Metering in NSW

The Australian and NSW Governments have launched a $36.1 million suite of programs to support uptake of telemetry and metering across NSW.

These initiatives will help realise the benefits of metering and telemetry, create new business opportunities and drive economic growth for NSW.

To read about these opportunities click HERE

Restoring a Works that has Been Made Inactive

WaterNSW advise that the process to restore a works that has been made inactive is:

  • The work is not reassessed as it is already approved, albeit inactive, therefore we don’t advertise or need to undertake checks that we would for a new or amended work.

To summarise, the process is:

  • the customer submits an application to WaterNSW to make a work active
  • provides evidence the work is now metered in accordance with the regulatory requirements; and
  • pays the Amend Approval Admin fee, which is currently $253.94, rising to $530.60 on 1 October 2021 (based on the draft IPART determination).

Deadlines Extended for Existing Metering Conditions in 5 Water Sharing Plans

Deadlines extended for water users in the Lachlan, Murrumbidgee, Richmond, Hunter and Murray and Lower Darling regulated rivers water sources who have condition MW2452-00001 on their works approval.

Know the Rules in NSW

Water users in NSW need to know the conditions on their water access licences and associated approvals to comply with the law. Here’s a short guide from the Natural Resources Access Regulator (NRAR) on how to find out about your conditions on the NSW Water Register. Find out more at

NSW Approved Telemetry Devices

A list of NSW Approved Telemetry Devices has been designed to assist water users to understand which devices or solutions have been tested and confirmed as meeting the functional and security requirements of the DAS. However, it is the water user’s responsibility to ensure they purchase a fit-for-purpose device that meets their individual needs.

Confirmation email from the DQP Portal and evidence for CPD Points

This confirmation email will be sent to the License Holder and copied to the CMI from the DQP Portal advising that the validation process has been completed and this certificate can be uploaded to MY CPD Points on the IAL website as evidence of the validation.

In-situ meter accuracy procedures guide

A best practice guide for duly qualified persons performing in-situ accuracy testing on non-urban water meters in NSW is available.

The calculators referred to in this guide can be downloaded here:

Local Intelligent Device Integration with Pattern Approved Meters

An Integration (compatability) Guide for LIDS and pattern Approved meters has been prepared.

Interactive Online Tools

The NSW Department of Industry has released an interactive online tool to help water users understand their responsibilities under the NSW non-urban water metering framework

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