Transition of Safe and Secure Water

The Safe and Secure Water Program (SSWP) is a $1 billion regional infrastructure co-funding program established in 2017.

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

The Safe and Secure Water Program is transitioning. The following information relates to the program criteria in the transition period up to 1 April 2019.

Transition information

A fact sheet has been prepared for applicants of the Safe and Secure Water Program detailing the changes.

Application process

Expressions of Interest (EOIs) were 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)

Applications for funding followed a two-stage process – expressions of interest (Stage 1) are now closed.

Those applicants with expressions of interest assessed as eligible to submit a detailed application up to 1 April 2019.

Detailed application

Eligible EOI applicants assessed to meet program criteria at Stage 1 have been 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 Restart NSW guidelines. An overview of the detailed application submission requirements ((PDF 185.3 KB)) is now available.

During the transition period, projects submitted will be assessed under the Safe and Secure Water Program Restart NSW guidelines

Eligible EOI applicants are also required to submit a Cost Benefit Analysis (CBA) for all design and construction phase projects.

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.