About the draft NSW Water Strategy

Hanging Rock Lookout overlooking Shoalhaven River at Nowra, New South Wales. Image courtesy of DNSW.

A draft of the NSW Water Strategy is on public exhibition from Monday 15 February until Sunday 28 March 2021.

You can now have your say and attend a public information webinar on the draft strategy by providing feedback to the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment by midnight Sunday 28 March 2021.

Register for a public information webinar session or watch the recording of the public webinar from 25 February 2021 to find out more.

Watch this short video of Minister Pavey to find out more about the draft NSW Water Strategy.

NSW Water strategy

The NSW Government is developing a 20-year, state-wide NSW Water Strategy to improve resilience of the state’s water resources over the coming decades. The NSW Water Strategy will address key challenges and opportunities for water management and service delivery across the state and set the strategic direction for the NSW water sector over the long-term. The strategy will:

  • guide water service delivery and resource management across NSW
  • build on the progress made from previous reforms and set the direction to keep improving
  • identify key challenges, opportunities, strategic priorities and actions for the whole of NSW
  • clearly articulate the water resource management and service delivery framework and policy context for NSW, including how the Murray-Darling Basin Plan and state-wide, regional, metropolitan and local strategic water policy and planning frameworks work together.

The NSW Water Strategy is part of a suite of long-term water strategies including 12 regional and two metropolitan water strategies which set out the approach to maintaining and building the resilience of the state’s water resources, including in response to climate variability and change.

NSW Water Strategy

If you have any questions regarding the draft NSW Water Strategy please contact nsw.waterstrategy@dpie.nsw.gov.au.