Bore assessments and Make Good Agreements

Bore assessments are required to determine if a water bore is eligible for make good measures.

Bore assessments & make good agreements

Bore assessments are undertaken to assess the capacity of a water bore and to establish whether or not the bore has, or is likely to have, an impaired capacity due to resource activity.

Resource companies undertake bore assessments to determine if make good measures are required as part of a make good agreement with the bore owner.

When undertaking a bore assessment, the resource company will need to collect information on the water bore such as:

  • details of the bore construction (drill date and drilling company, etc)
  • photographs, details, condition and rate of the bore pump
  • repair history
  • purpose and use of the bore
  • bore capacity
  • water level and pressure
  • water quality

Bore assessment checklist

Use this checklist to determine if a private bore may be eligible for make good measures and if a bore assessment is required. This checklist will also outline the process for undertaking a bore assessment, as well as the actions each party should be responsible for during this process.

Download Checklist (PDF 206 KB)

Make good agreements

The results of a bore assessment determine which make good measures are required.

The make good agreement decision table (PDF 250 KB) can be used to determine the sort of make good agreement that may be suitable.


Important resource


  1. Options for dispute resolution
  2. Make good agreement process (PDF 187 KB)
  3. Bore assessment guidelines (PDF 474 KB)
  4. Make good obligations FAQs
  5. Fact sheet: Make good options for bore owners (PDF 382 KB)
  6. Quick Guide - Make good obligations (PDF 156 KB)
  7. Find Your Bore – the Water Bore Search Tool
  8. Water monitoring data

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Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy

Department of Environment and Science