Stakeholder engagement

Water is one of our most valuable natural assets. We have a responsibility to the people of NSW to ensure we manage water equitably and transparently now and into the future. Our stakeholders are those groups and individuals who could be affected by our activities.

The department recognises that the most effective way to successfully manage water is by working together with our stakeholders and the greater community. Our Stakeholder and Community Engagement Policy describes how we will complete this engagement.

We will regularly meet with our stakeholders on key projects, and provide opportunities for stakeholders and the broader public to provide input on policies, plans, and other relevant documents.

Engagement principles – our commitment to you

The department is committed to engaging with stakeholders and the community in a way that is:

  • Purposeful — undertaken with a clear understanding of what we want to achieve, and delivering on NSW Government priorities and the department’s corporate goals
  • Inclusive — identifying and enabling the participation of all relevant stakeholders
  • Timely — providing sufficient time for meaningful consultation, outlining timeframes up front and conducting engagement activities in an efficient manner
  • Transparent — explaining the engagement process, providing information to enable meaningful participation and setting clear expectations around how participants’ input will inform outcomes
  • Respectful — acknowledging the needs, experience, perspective and expertise of participants.

Implementation and responsibility

The department is committed to ensuring that relevant, meaningful and timely information is delivered to key stakeholders throughout the duration of the Healthy Floodplains Project line with the department’s Stakeholder and Community Engagement Policy and principles of the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) model.

Upcoming engagement

An overview of our upcoming meetings, exhibitions, and other public engagement activities is provided below.

Key upcoming dates/events

Please note: Due to COVID-19 all engagement meetings are being held online.

Project Key dates

Floodplain Harvesting Measurement Policy - information sessions for landholders

The webinar is an information session for eligible floodplain harvesting access licence landholders and will provide information and resources on how to get measurement ready by the required dates.

Thursday, 5 November 2020

Draft rules for floodplain harvesting licences in the Border Rivers Valley. Register to attend an information session:

1:00pm to 4:00pm
Held in conjunction with the Regional Water Strategies
Tuesday, 10 November 2020
1:00pm to 4:00pm
Held in conjunction with the Regional Water Strategies
Wednesday, 11 November 2020

Note: The department seeks to update this table regularly. Changes to events or public exhibitions can take place and some of the details in the table may be out of date.

Outcomes from consultation

Floodplain Harvesting Measurement Policy 2020

On 19 August 2020, we conducted a public webinar to launch the Floodplain Harvesting Measurement Policy 2020. The webinar consisted of a presentation on the policy and an update on implementation of the Floodplain Harvesting Action Plan 2019. Questions were submitted prior to the event and live during the event, and an expert panel was available to provide answers.

Watch the Public webinar–19 August 2020.

Media releases

Visit our news section for the latest news and media releases.

Contact us

We are committed to continuously improving the way we engage.

If you have feedback on the services provided by the department or questions about upcoming events, contact us or email us at