Draft NSW Border Rivers Surface Water Resource Plan

The draft Water Resource Plan, and proposed changes to the existing Water Sharing Plans, were on public exhibition from the 5th December 2018 to 1st February 2019.

The public exhibition period provided valuable feedback that helped develop and inform proposed changes to the NSW Border Rivers Water Sharing Plans and Water Resource Plan.

The fact sheet below outlines the main proposed changes.

Final draft Water Sharing Plans

Please note: Plans may incur minor changes following final legal review and all changes are subject to concurrence from the NSW Minister for Energy and the Environment.


The changes between the public exhibition and the final drafts can be seen in the below track-changes versions  (All changes may not be immediately visible due to template updates).

  • Track changes Water Sharing Plan for the NSW Border Rivers Regulated River Water Source 2020
  • Track changes Water Sharing Plan for the NSW Border Rivers Unregulated River Water Sources 2012

For more information please email nswborderrivers.sw.wrp@dpi.nsw.gov.au

Draft Water Resource Plan

Public exhibition on the NSW Border Rivers Surface Water Plan is now closed.

Water sharing plans continue to be the legal instrument for managing water resources in NSW. Water resource plans are put in place to implement the Commonwealth Basin Plan 2012.

The purpose of this draft plan

The purpose of the NSW Border Rivers Surface Water WRP is to set out how NSW will meet its obligations under the Murray–Darling Basin Plan 2012 in the Border Rivers Water Resource Plan Area (WRPA). A WRP must comply with the requirements of Chapter 10 of the Basin Plan 2012 for it to be accredited under Division 2 of Part 2 of the Water Act 2007.

Areas and water sources covered by the plan

The NSW Border Rivers Surface Water Resource Plan covers all the surface water resources of the NSW Border Rivers River Valley. It includes the regulated river system; unregulated rivers flowing into the regulated river system; unregulated effluent rivers flowing out of the regulated river system on the plains; and water captured through farm dams and floodplain water harvesting. Groundwater in the area is not included, and is covered by separate water resource plans.

Public information session

A public information session was held on 11 December 2018 in Goondiwindi.

Fact sheets

While it's important to read the Draft NSW Border Rivers Surface Water Resource Plan, we've prepared some fact sheets to make the process easier. Here's what you need to know about:

For general fact sheets about water sharing plans, see General resources

Additional information

Draft water resource plan components for consultation

Below you'll find a link to the NSW Border Rivers Surface Water Resource Plan.

The WRP has built on existing water planning arrangements such as the statutory water sharing plans and consists of the main body WRP (Chapter 1-8), accompanying schedules (A-J) and appendices, boxes, figures and tables. You can read them by clicking on the links below. We have also prepared fact sheets to help understand the development of the WRP.

A number of changes to water sharing rules are proposed for the Water Sharing Plan for the NSW Border Rivers Regulated River Water Sources which the department is keen to receive feedback on. See WSP rule changes fact sheet to assist you in making informed comment.

A number of changes to water sharing rules are proposed for the Water Sharing Plan for the NSW Border Rivers Unregulated River Water Sources which the department is keen to receive feedback on. See WSP rule changes fact sheet to assist you in making informed comment.

Identifies the person responsible for implementation measures associated with each requirement in Chapter 10 of the Basin Plan.

Report on the consultation undertaken in the NSW Border Rivers water resource plan area as part of the WRP process, including the Aboriginal Nation consultation.

The NSW Border Rivers Surface Water Risk Assessment has been prepared as a component of the WRP and identifies potential and emerging risks to water resources.

The outline of how the objectives and outcomes in the WRP are aligned with objectives and outcomes in the long-term water plan (LTWP) and basin wide environmental watering strategy. Also identifies water management actions and mechanisms that provide for environmental watering.

An overview of water for consumptive use in the in NSW Border Rivers WRP area.

The NSW Border Rivers Surface Water Incident Response Guide has been prepared as a component of the WRP and outlines the approach for managing water during extreme water shortage or water quality events.

The NSW Border Rivers Surface Water Quality Management Plan has been prepared as a component of the WRP and identified risks to water quality and potential strategies to manage these.

List of resources used to develop the WRP

The NSW Border Rivers Surface Water Monitoring, Reporting and Evaluation Plan has been prepared as a component of the WRP, and its implementation will be key to evaluating the effectiveness of the WRP in the future and informing any future changes.

The water resource description provides a comprehensive overview of the NSW Border Rivers water resource plan area.

The New South Wales Office of Environment and Heritage is also exhibiting the draft NSW Border Rivers Long Term Water Plan (LTWP) to allow stakeholder feedback. The NSW Border Rivers LTWP is part of the NSW Border Rivers Water Resource Plan package and has been developed to inform and guide water management and environmental water delivery. You can view the draft NSW Border Rivers Long Term Water Plan and provide feedback.

Report on how the changes in the WSP have no net reduction on the protection of PEW