Identifying and assessing strategy options

We have developed a decision-making process for the strategies to assess and prioritise options that meet one or more of our objectives and combine them in a way that maximises the resilience of the region’s water resources, now and for the future.

We will use the best and latest evidence, and a range of assessment tools to identify risks and opportunities associated with each option.

The process is consistent with the NSW Government’s policies for evidence-based decision-making and economic analysis. It is also consistent with the objectives of the NSW Water Management Act 2000 and with other policy obligations, including the Murray Darling Basin Plan.

The figure below illustrates the four broad stages of the options assessment decision-making process. Further information on the process is available in the Regional Water Strategies Guide PDF, 3559.18 KB.

Options assessment

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The process will be used to assess and prioritise the long list of draft options into a recommended portfolio of options in each final regional water strategy. The options will also need to be considered within the context of existing Australian and NSW Government commitments and reforms.

Our challenge in assessing and prioritising options is that:

  • some options will benefit one of the strategy’s objectives, but conflict with other objectives, and
  • not all options will have quantifiable costs and benefits

The options assessment decision-making process aims to address these challenges in a transparent, evidence-based and consistent way.