NSW Government's Water Reform Action Plan

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Water is one of our most valuable natural assets. The NSW Government has developed a Water Reform Action Plan to ensure that

  • we deliver on our responsibility to the people of NSW
  • we have an equitable and transparent approach to the management of our water for future generations.

NSW remains committed to the Murray Darling Basin Plan and ensuring it is delivered in a way that balances economic, environmental and socio-economic concerns.

Download Download the NSW Water Reform Action Plan (WRAP).

In continuing to deliver the WRAP and to increase transparency in water management, the NSW Government commissioned an independent review into the progress.

The 2019 independent review (PDF 2.7 MB) has now also been completed by Alluvium consulting. The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment–Water welcome this review which charts progress already made against the plan and provides some recommendations on how to further water management reforms in NSW. The department will continue to build on its solid foundation of work to date and seek the best ways to incorporate additional recommendations. The department is already working on implementing measures that will address many of the review’s recommendations and further measures will be considered.

NSW will also continue to use the best available information and work with stakeholders to make positive changes to water management rules that ensure the best outcomes for regional communities, the environment and industries.

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    Our goals

    Read about the four goals that provide the framework for our action plan and download our activity reports.

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    NSW Ombudsman Water Investigation response

    The NSW Government welcomes the recommendations from the NSW Ombudsman Water Investigation.

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    NSW water metering framework

    A robust new metering framework to improve the standard and coverage of non-urban water meters across NSW commenced on 1 December 2018. The new framework is a commitment under the Water Reform Action Plan.

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    Water Pilot Technology

    This program will develop new technologies to assist with water regulation, and ensure compliance and better protection of environmental water in the state’s river systems.

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    Environmental water

    An Intergovernmental Working Group was established in February 2018 to develop options on how the NSW Government can deliver on its commitment to better manage environmental water.

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    Water Reform Action Plan progress reports

    We are committed to reporting regularly on progress in implementing commitments in the Water Reform Action Plan.

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    Stakeholder engagement

    We have a developed a Stakeholder and Community Engagement Policy to help guide and maximise our engagement for all parties.