NRM Levy

Visit here for more information about the 2017/18 out-of-council levy collection currently underway. 

What is the NRM Levy?

The Natural Resources Management (NRM) Act 2004 provides for a regional (land-based) NRM levy and a NRM water levy to provide additional funding for the SA Arid Lands (SAAL) NRM Board to take care of our natural resources for future generations and to deliver on its commitments under the Regional NRM Plan.

Who pays the NRM levy?

All landowners (including lessees) in the SAAL region pay the regional NRM levy. The NRM water levy is payable on water allocated to the mining, energy, gas and petroleum sector (collectively called industrial licences), for town water suppliers, irrigators and for commercial operations, such as tourist park operators in the Far North Wells Prescribed Area. The NRM water levy is not payable on water licences held for stock and domestic use.

Who collects the NRM levy?

Local councils collect the regional (land-based) NRM levy annually from their ratepayers and forward the collected funds to the Board. The levy is shown separately on council rates notices. The Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR) collects the regional (land-based) NRM levy from outside council areas. DEWNR also collects the NRM water levy from water licence holders.

How are NRM levy rates determined?

The Board identifies the key NRM priorities within the region in partnership with its stakeholders, and through its Business Plan review, it recommends the amount of funding to be raised through the NRM levy. The Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation reviews the recommendations made by the Board, including the community consultation process, before adopting the Business Plan.  

In out-of-council areas the land-based levy is based on area of rateable land with levy amounts set for:

<10 ha

>10ha - <100 ha

 >100ha - <100,000 ha

 >100,000 ha 

For residents in council areas it is a fixed charge per rateable property and set to align with residents of outside council areas who own less than 10 hectares.

These arrangements mean those with more land pay more than those with less land – so a pastoral lessee pays more than an township property owner. 

How will your NRM levy be spent?

The regional (land-based) NRM levy and NRM water levy contribute to the Board’s delivery of its Regional NRM Plan and programs supporting our community, townships and diverse
industries. Activities include pest plant and animal monitoring and research and control; wild dog management; property planning; support for enterprise diversification; community participation in deciding and delivering programs, training and support through field days, events and workshops; climate change adaptation planning, Aboriginal skills and capacity development and involvement of Traditional owners and traditional ecological knowledge in NRM; water allocation planning; catchment and springs monitoring and management; and water affecting activity permits.