Legislation

We have responsibility for providing advice on, and administering under delegated authority, a range of state acts committed to the Hon. Ian Hunter (Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation, and Minister for Water and the River Murray).

These acts deal with the:

  • administration of Crown lands generally
  • creation and management of conservation and pastoral areas
  • protection of vegetation and wildlife or the welfare of animals generally
  • conservation, protection or management of cultural assets generally
  • conservation or management of specific public or cultural areas of the state
  • conservation, protection and management of natural resources, including water
  • challenge of addressing climate change 
  • regulation of the water industry
  • provision or managment of water, sewerage and stormwater services, facilities and schemes.

The following table lists all the acts and regulations administered by DEWNR. Each listed piece of legislation below is linked to its location on the South Australia legislation website.

Act Regulation
Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary Act 2005 Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary Regulations 2005
Adelaide Park Lands Act 2005 Adelaide Park Lands Regulations 2006
Animal Welfare Act 1985 Animal Welfare Regulations 2012
Arkaroola Protection Act 2012 none made

Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium Act 1978

Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium Regulations 2007
Climate Change and Greenhouse Emissions Reduction Act 2007 none made 
Coast Protection Act 1972

Coast Protection (Eyre) Regulations 2000
Coast Protection (Fleurieu) Regulations 2000
Coast Protection (Identity Card) Regulations 2001
Coast Protection (Kangaroo Island) Regulations 2000
Coast Protection (Metropolitan) Regulations 2000
Coast Protection (South East) Regulations 2000
Coast Protection (Spencer) Regulations 2000
Coast Protection (Yorke) Regulations 2000

Crown Land Management Act 2009 Crown Land Management Regulations 2010
Crown Rates and Taxes Recovery Act 1945 none made
Dog and Cat Management Act 1995 Dog and Cat Management Regulations 2010
Ground Water (Qualco-Sunlands) Control Act 2000

Ground Water (Qualco-Sunlands) Control Regulations 2000

Groundwater (Border Agreement) Act 1985 none made
Heritage Places Act 1993 Heritage Places Regulations 2005
Historic Shipwrecks Act 1981 Historic Shipwrecks Regulations 2014
Irrigation Act 2009 Irrigation Regulations 2009
Lake Eyre Basin (Intergovernmental Agreement) Act 2001 none made
Lands for Public Purposes Acquisition Act 1914 none made
Local Government Act 1999 (Schedule 1A - Implementation of Stormwater Management Agreement)  none made 
Local Government (City of Enfield Loan) Act 1953 (123kb pdf) none made 
Local Government (City of Woodville West Lakes Loan) Act 1970 (76kb pdf) none made 
Maralinga Tjarutja Land Rights Act 1984 (Division 1A - Co-management board for Mamungari Conservation Park  Maralinga Tjarutja Land Rights (Establishment of Co-management Board) Regulations 2004 
Marine Parks Act 2007 Marine Parks Regulations 2008
Marine Parks (Zoning) Regulations 2012
Metropolitan Area (Woodville, Henley and Grange) Drainage Act 1964 (409kb pdf) none made 
Metropolitan Drainage Act 1935 none made
Murray-Darling Basin Act 2008 none made
National Parks and Wildlife Act 1972

National Parks and Wildlife (Breakaways Conservation Park) Regulations 2013
National Parks and Wildlife (Flinders Ranges National Park) Regulations 2011
National Parks and Wildlife (Hunting) Regulations 2011
National Parks and Wildlife (Kangaroo Harvesting) Regulations 2003
National Parks and Wildlife (Lake Gairdner National Park) Regulations 2013
National Parks and Wildlife (National Parks) Regulations 2001
National Parks and Wildlife (Ngaut Ngaut Conservation Park) Regulations 2014
National Parks and Wildlife (Parking) Regulations 2012
National Parks and Wildlife (Protected Animals—Marine Mammals) Regulations 2010
National Parks and Wildlife (Unnamed Conservation Park-Maralinga Tjarutja Lands) Regulations 2004
National Parks and Wildlife (Vulkathunha-Gammon Ranges National Park) Regulations 2005
National Parks and Wildlife (Wildlife) Regulations 2001
National Parks and Wildlife (Witjira National Park) Regulations 2007

National Trust of South Australia Act 1955

National Trust of South Australia Act Regulations 1980
Rules of the National Trust of South Australia 2000

Native Vegetation Act 1991 Native Vegetation Regulations 2003
Natural Resources Management Act 2004

Natural Resources Management (Baroota Prescribed Water Resources Area) Regulations 2008
Natural Resources Management (Central Adelaide - Prescribed Wells Area) Regulations 2007
Natural Resources Management (Eastern and Western Mount Lofty Ranges - Prescribed Water Resources) (Exemption of Certain Existing Users) Regulations 2012
Natural Resources Management (Eastern Mount Lofty Ranges - Longer-term Water Conservation Measures) Regulations 2014
Natural Resources Management (Eastern Mount Lofty Ranges - Prescribed Watercourses and Surface Water Prescribed Area) Regulations 2005
Natural Resources Management (Eastern Mount Lofty Ranges - Prescribed Wells Area) Regulations 2005
Natural Resources Management (Financial Provisions) Regulations 2005
Natural Resources Management (General) Regulations 2005
Natural Resources Management (Mallee Prescribed Wells Area) Regulations 2005
Natural Resources Management (Marne Saunders Prescribed Water Resources Area - Reduction of Water Access Entitlements) Regulations 2009
Natural Resources Management (Peake, Roby and Sherlock Prescribed Wells Area - Reduction of Water Access Entitlements) Regulations 2010
Natural Resources Management (Peake, Roby and Sherlock Prescribed Wells Area) Regulations 2005
Natural Resources Management (Transitional Provisions-Levies) Regulations 2005
Natural Resources Management (Western Mount Lofty Ranges - Prescribed Watercourses) Regulations 2005
Natural Resources Management (Western Mount Lofty Ranges - Prescribed Wells Area) Regulations 2005
Natural Resources Management (Western Mount Lofty Ranges - Surface Water Prescribed Area) Regulations 2005
Regulations Variation and Revocation (Natural Resources Management) Regulations 2005

Renmark Irrigation Trust Act 2009 Renmark Irrigation Trust Regulations 2009
Pastoral Land Management and Conservation Act 1989 Pastoral Land Management and Conservation Regulations 2006
River Murray Act 2003 River Murray Regulations 2003
River Murray Waters Agreement Supplemental Agreement Act 1963 none made
River Murray Waters (Dartmouth Reservoir) Act 1971 none made
South Australian Water Corporation Act 1994 none made
South Eastern Water Conservation and Drainage Act 1992 none made
South Western Suburbs Drainage Act 1959  none made 
Water (Commonwealth Powers) Act 2008 none made
Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards (South Australia) Act 2013 none made
Water Industry Act 2012  Water Industry Regulations 2012
Water Resources Act 1997 Water Resources (Barossa Prescribed Water Resources Area) Regulations 2005
Water Resources (Far North Prescribed Wells Area) Regulations 2003
Water Resources (Lower Limestone Coast Prescribed Wells Area) Regulations 2004
Water Resources (Marne Saunders Prescribed Water Resources Area) Regulations 2005
Water Resources (McLaren Vale Prescribed Wells Area) Regulations 1990
Water Resources (Morambro Creek) Regulations 2001
Water Resources (Northern Adelaide Plains Prescribed Wells Area) Regulations 2004
Water Resources (Surface Water Prescribed Area - Clare Valley) Regulations 1999
Water Resources (Surface Water Prescribed Area - Morambro Catchment) Regulations 2001
Water Resources (Tintinara Coonalpyn Prescribed Wells Area) Regulations 2000
Wilderness Protection Act 1992 Wilderness Protection Regulations 2006
Wilpena Station Tourist Facility Act 1990 none made

For other state parliament Acts and Regulations see: www.legislation.sa.gov.au

For information on other Australian legislation and legal matters, see SA Legislation weblinks or www.austlii.edu.au.