Water Reform Action Plan - community consultation

The NSW Government's Water Reform Action Plan will deliver on its responsibility to ensure we have an equitable and transparent approach to the management of our water for current and future generations.

As part of the water reforms being introduced, the NSW Government released consultation papers for community feedback on:

For more information, read the NSW Water Reform Action Plan consultation overview, Implementing the NSW Floodplain Harvesting Policy fact sheet and Water reform presentation.

Consultation period

The consultation for the discussion papers closed on 15 April 2018. Submissions are currently being considered.

Draft Exposure Bill

To support the implementation of the Water Reform Action Plan and the options proposed in the consultation papers, amendments will be required to the Water Management Act 2000 and Natural Resources Access Regulator Act 2017.

The NSW Government has released an Exposure Bill, the draft Water Management Amendment Bill 2018, as an example of the mechanisms that could be enacted to enable key elements of the reform. The Bill that will be introduced into Parliament later this year will reflect the final policy positions that are developed following your input to the consultation papers listed above. Some policy elements will be enabled in the regulations that will be developed after the Bill has been considered by Parliament.

This fact sheet accompanies the Exposure Bill and should be read in conjunction with the consultation papers listed above. Your feedback on the options proposed in the consultation papers will help shape the final Bill that will be introduced into Parliament.


Email water.reform@industry.nsw.gov.au if you have any enquiries.