Major projects

Major projects are state significant developments and state significant infrastructure (SSD and SSI) under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.

Our department is responsible for:

Major projects are exempt from requiring certain approvals under the Water Management Act 2000. This is because water management considerations are included in the assessment of major projects and conditions of consent.

Pre-approval

Department of Planning and Environment–Water provides advice to Department of Planning and Environment–Planning & Assessment and to proponents to ensure that the proposed development is sustainable. The department's Water assessment team coordinates this advice and can be contacted at water.assessments@dpie.nsw.gov.au. Please note more detailed information in Assessing major developments - Water in New South Wales (nsw.gov.au).

Post approvals

The NSW Government remains closely involved with the development of projects after approval is granted. The post-approval process is important in ensuring that water resources are effectively managed and monitored.

Projects must comply with approval conditions and water licence requirements, and have adequate monitoring in place for the Government to track and monitor compliance. SSD and SSI projects may need to consult with the department and/or NRAR on post approval management plans required as a condition of consent. Submissions are lodged via the Major Projects Portal.

Submit your post approval management plan via the Major Projects portal to Department of Planning and Environment–Water if your DA requires you to report on any of the following:

  • Groundwater Models
  • Groundwater Monitoring and Modelling Plans
  • Surface Water and Groundwater Monitoring Reports
  • Water Management Plans
  • Extraction Management Plans
  • Subsidence Management Plans
  • Specific Requests from Department of Planning and Environment

Submit your post approval management plan via the Major Projects portal to NRAR if your DA requires you to report on any of the following:

  • Water licensing under the Water Management Act 2000
  • Works typically requiring a Controlled Activity Approval under the Water Management Act 2000 (eg water course realignment, riparian rehabilitation)
  • Specific Requests from Department of Planning and Environment
  • Breach of Water Licence Conditions – submit directly via NRAR's Report suspicious water activities.

FAQs

For more information visit FAQs for post approval management plans.

Compliance

Department of Planning and Environment is responsible for compliance and enforcement of consents for major projects.

The NSW Natural Resources Access Regulator is responsible for compliance and enforcement of NSW water law including requirements for water licences.

For information, go to Compliance.

Groundwater guideline documents for proponents

To ensure groundwater resources are protected and remain a secure and sustainable water source for communities, submissions for SSD and SSI projects related to groundwater need to meet specific requirements and provide sufficient evidence demonstrating the proposed activity is compliant with the Water Management Act 2000 and other NSW groundwater policy.

The Groundwater Toolkit includes guidelines and documents to guide the preparation of submissions. The overarching guideline and three technical documents address groundwater impacts and risks, water licencing requirements and how to provide relevant data, demonstrating the proposed activity is compliant.

The toolkit complements existing industry requirements and was created in consultation with industry experts to ensure it addresses all requirements needed for a mining, quarrying, dredging or infrastructure project submission.

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Feedback

Provide feedback on the guidelines to water.enquiries@dpie.nsw.gov.au.