Lands & Water

Lands and Water develops strategy, programs and policy for the management of the Crown land estate and Water. This area develops policy and undertakes forestry research, provides specialist commercial services through the Soil Conservation Service, and oversees the operation of Cemeteries & Crematoria NSW.

Lands and Water's key business areas deliver social and economic outcomes for the state.


Crown Property Services leads and manages the delivery of commercial leases, sales and acquisitions of land within the Crown estate. The group also provides technical valuation services and advice.

Governance & Strategy leads legislative reform, strategic and operational policy for Crown land. The group provides governance and administers the Public Reserves Management Fund Program. Governance & Strategy support the Cemeteries & Crematoria NSW Board and provide governance and oversight for Crown reserves.

Infrastructure & Land Management plans and delivers key infrastructure projects across regional NSW including critical coastal infrastructure. This group coordinates statewide programs including: asset management; bushfire mitigation; contaminated land remediation; compliance and natural resource management. This directorate is also responsible for policy and planning advice and undertakes research to ensure the sustainable use, management and conservation of the State’s native forests and plantations.

Regional Services delivers property and natural resource management services by engaging with local customers and stakeholders across NSW.

Tenure & Business Programs manages data, systems, processes and centralised administration including analysis and reporting of the Crown land estate.


Water is responsible for surface and groundwater management including planning to ensure water security for NSW. Water ensures the available surface and groundwater resources are shared equitably, and that water entitlements and allocations are secure and tradeable. It is also responsible for the management of NSW’s water resources which is achieved through planning, policy and regulation, and leads negotiations with Murray Darling Basin Plan.

The Water branch maintains sustainable and equitable access to water and its use across the state.

Water has five business units:

  • Policy and Planning
  • Water Regulation
  • Intergovernmental Stakeholder Relations
  • Information and Insight
  • Programs & Performance