Information sessions: drought outlook and water availability

The department, together with WaterNSW, held public information sessions via webinar during May and June 2020 for Inland Valleys and the Hunter Valley. The sessions provided an update on the water availability outlook, climatic trends, system flows and storage levels. Lessons learnt from the current drought and the impacts of drought on groundwater were discussed, as well as ongoing support available for communities. Water availability including prospects for allocations for the new water year starting July 1 2020 were also shared. Recordings of the webinars and presentations can be viewed on the links below.

You can read a summary of the issues raised and what we heard from the information sessions.

Time & Date River systemLink

12:00pm - 1:00pm

22 May 2020



12:00pm - 1:00pm

25 May 2020


  • Lachlan
  • Murrumbidgee
  • Murray

3:00pm - 4:00pm

28 May 2020


  • Border Rivers
  • Gwydir
  • Namoi
  • Peel
  • Macquarie

3:00pm - 4:00pm

2 June 2020

Hunter Valley

Outcomes from previous information sessions

Throughout 2019 the department and WaterNSW toured the State, visiting some of the worst affected regions. Outcomes, actions taken and presentations from the roadshow are available at Outcomes from previous information sessions.