About the Safe and Secure Water Program

The Safe and Secure Water Program (SSWP) is a $1 billion regional infrastructure co-funding program established in 2017 under the NSW Government’s Restart NSW Fund.

The SSWP will co-fund eligible water and sewerage projects that deliver economic growth in regional NSW through improvements to public health, water security, environmental outcomes and/or social benefits.

Application process

Expressions of Interest (EOIs) are invited from:

  • local councils, Regional Organisation of Councils, joint organisations
  • local water utilities
  • water corporations
  • prescribed dam owners as defined in the Dams Safety Act (NSW)

The NSW Government encourages proponents to work together through their relevant regional or joint organisations to identify projects that involve more than one Local Government Area (LGA) and/or have been identified as regional priorities.

Applications involving public–private partnerships or leveraging other funding streams (such as Commonwealth  or local government funding) are eligible.

Applications for funding follow a two-stage process.

Stage 1: Expression of Interest

All proponents are required to complete an Expression of Interest application form application form providing basic information to describe the project.

Before completing an EOI, proponents should review the EOI guidelines and applicant FAQs to ensure they meet the program criteria.

Information sessions were held in Tamworth, Coffs Harbour, Dubbo, Queanbeyan, Griffith and Parramatta in late 2017. For more information download the SSWP Information sessions presentation.

EOI applications are assessed for eligibility

EOI applications (Stage 1) are assessed by the Technical Review Panel for eligibility to proceed to the Detailed Application stage (Stage 2).

Important: EOI eligibility is not an approval for funding.

Stage 2: Detailed application

Eligible EOI applicants assessed to meet program criteria at Stage 1 will be invited to submit a detailed application.

Information requirements and evaluation criteria for detailed applications will depend on the type of project proposed, as outlined in the EOI guidelines. An overview of the detailed application submission requirements ((PDF 185.3 KB)) is now available.

Eligible EOI applicants are also required to submit a Cost Benefit Analysis (CBA).

Cost benefit analysis toolkit

Successful EOI applicants invited to submit a Detailed Application for Phase 3 Detailed Design and Construction funding are required to submit a Cost Benefit Analysis (CBA). The following toolkit has been developed to assist applicants in preparing a CBA.

Applicants should review the documents below prior to using the toolkit.

Approved projects

Information on the approved projects can be viewed on our interactive map.