About floodplain harvesting measurement

Amendments were made to the Water Management (General) Regulation 2018 on 17 December 2021 to set out the process for issuing floodplain harvesting licences and the measurement requirements on those licences. The amendments commenced on 14 February 2022 but were subsequently disallowed on 24 February 2022.

The disallowance means that implementation dates for the NSW Floodplain Harvesting Policy remain uncertain. The dates specified in our reports and guidelines may therefore be superseded.

Mollee at Narrabri, New South Wales.

NSW, a national leader in floodplain measurement

NSW has launched a robust new Floodplain Harvesting Measurement Policy 2020 for the northern Murray–Darling Basin.

Watch the video below–Measuring floodplain harvesting take.

The policy delivers on commitments and recommendations made in:

The policy applies to landholders in the northern Murray–Darling Basin who will receive a floodplain harvesting water-access licence under the NSW Floodplain Harvesting Policy (2018) in 2021.

The policy is a historic achievement. It will, for the first time, enable floodplain harvesting to be accurately measured and water taken in accordance with the individual licensed volumes and legal limits prescribed in the Murray–Darling Basin Plan 2012 and NSW water-sharing plans. This will support a fair system of floodplain access and improve flows for downstream communities and the environment.

To ensure high-quality data informs compliance with the legal limits, the department requires landholders to install minimum-standard telemetry-enabled metering devices fitted with tamper-evident seals. The move to automated metering for floodplain harvesting measurement aligns with other water reforms, such as the NSW non-urban water metering framework (2018). Together, these programs will deliver accurate, transparent and reliable water-take data for managing our valuable water resources and ensuring all water users are doing the right thing. Below are answers some of the most frequently asked questions about the policy.

Contact details

Floodplain Harvesting Measurement
Email: fph.measurement@dpie.nsw.gov.au

More information on the Floodplain Harvesting Measurement Policy 2020 can be found in our FAQs.