Crown land water frontage is Crown land that runs alongside waterways. These areas contain important cultural heritage and environmental values that need to be managed alongside other land uses such as grazing, stock access to water and recreational uses such as walking, fishing or bird watching.

We are working closely with our partner agencies and neighbouring landholders to protect and improve Crown land water frontages while enabling most appropriate use of the areas through the issuing of water frontage licences.

Managing Crown water frontages (PDF, 841.5 KB)
Managing Crown water frontages (accessible version) (DOCX, 19.8 KB)

A Crown water frontage licence does not remove the public’s right to enter and remain on the land for certain recreational purposes.

Information on public access to Crown water frontage and what recreational activities can and can’t be undertaken is available in Crown water frontage: A guide to public access and recreational use.

Crown water frontage: A guide to public access and recreational use (PDF, 190.6 KB)
Crown water frontage: A guide to public access and recreational use (accessible version) (RTF, 395.8 KB)

A general water frontage licence gives stock direct access to a waterway

Crown land water frontage licences (PDF, 383.4 KB)
Crown land water frontage licences (accessible version) (DOCX, 270.9 KB)

A clear explanation of Crown water frontage licence conditions is provided in Crown water frontages: An explanatory guide to your licence conditions.

Crown water frontages: An explanatory guide to your licence conditions (PDF, 866.2 KB)
Crown water frontages: An explanatory guide to your licence conditions (accessible version) (RTF, 1.6 MB)

Crown water frontage licences: A guide to understanding your licence conditions (PDF, 233.1 KB)
Crown water frontage licences: A guide to understanding your licence conditions (accessible version) (RTF, 316.2 KB)

A riparian management licence ensures stock access to a waterway is managed to both protect and improve the riparian environment

Riparian management licences (PDF, 160.3 KB)
Riparian management licences (accessible version) (DOCX, 179.3 KB)

Licensees who fence the Crown frontage to prevent stock access to the waterway can have a take and use licence from their local water corporation to access water for stock. 

If licensees undertake the fencing with their local CMA, the CMA will reimburse the water corporation application fee for the take and use licence. The first three years of annual fees will also be waived.

Visit Changes to take and use licences

Page last updated: 04/09/19