About the Safe and Secure Water Program

The Safe and Secure Water Program was established to address key risks to regional water safety and security in NSW, to provide safe, secure and sustainable water and wastewater services to regional NSW towns.

The program was established in August 2017 under the NSW Government’s Restart NSW Fund. Although the investment so far has delivered significant benefits, recent reviews of the program identified potential improvements to better target the available funding.

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In October 2018 the program was relaunched with new program criteria designed to:

  • prioritise projects that address the highest risks and issues for regional NSW water
  • ensure a minimum level of service in smaller towns where the cost of critical infrastructure outweighs the economic benefits provided
  • provide more flexibility by including non-infrastructure options, where this is cost-effective.

Program guidelines

The program provides funding for water security, water quality and environmental infrastructure solutions

Under the Safe and Secure Water Program, three streams of funding are available:

  • Funding stream 1: Development and delivery of water quality, water security and environmental solutions. This is the main stream of funding under the program
  • Funding stream 2: Integrated water cycle management (IWCM) strategies and Regional Town Water Strategies (RTWS)
  • Funding stream 3: High-risk dams

The revised Safe and Secure Water Program is scheduled to run for five to seven years, or until all funding is committed.

See the program guidelines PDF, 669.89 KB for more details.

Funding band and subsidy levels

Subsidy bands and funding support subsidy level percentages are currently being re-assessed and will be published shortly. In the meantime, please contact the Department of Planning and Environment for more information at sswp@dpie.nsw.gov.au.