Water Sharing Plans status

The Water Management Act 2000 applies to areas of New South Wales that have a water sharing plan. Information on all water sharing plans that have commenced can be found on this page.

A water sharing plan is generally in place for 10 years, but may be suspended from time to time under Section 49(a) of the Act due to severe water shortages.

Some of the water sharing plans listed below are currently being reviewed as part of the development of water resource plans under the Basin Plan 2012 or as part of the review process when a water sharing plan is nearing the end of its term. A number of amendments are being considered. Consultation on proposed amendments is being undertaken through public exhibition.

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Water Sharing PlanMap Plan statusDocumentation Cease date
Barwon-Darling Unregulated and AlluvialBorder Rivers Commenced Barwon-Darling water source rules
Background document
July, 2022
Bega and Brogo Rivers Area Regulated, Unregulated and AlluvialSouth Coast Commenced Bega and Brogo Rivers water source rules
Background document
July, 2021
Bellinger River Area Unregulated and AlluvialUpper North Coast Commenced Bellinger River water source rules
Background document
July, 2020
Belubula Regulated RiverLachlan Commenced Belubula River water source rules
Background document
July, 2023
Brunswick Unregulated and Alluvial Northern Rivers Commenced Brunswick water source rules
Background document
July, 2026
Castlereagh River Unregulated and AlluvialCentral West Commenced Castlereagh River water source rules
Background document
July, 2022
Central Coast Unregulated Central Coast Commenced Central Coast water source rules
Background document
July, 2020
Clarence Unregulated and Alluvial Upper North Coast Commenced Clarence River water source rules
Background document
July, 2026
Clyde River Unregulated and Alluvial Southern South East Commenced Clyde River water source rules
Background document
July, 2026
Coffs Harbour Area Unregulated and AlluvialUpper North Coast Commenced Coffs Harbour water source rules
Background document
July, 2020
Deua River Unregulated and Alluvial South East Commenced Deua River water source rules
Background document
July, 2026
Greater Metropolitan Region GroundwaterHawkesbury-Nepean Commenced Greater Metropolitan Region Groundwater rules
Background document
July, 2021
Greater Metropolitan Region Unregulated River Hawkesbury-Nepean Commenced Greater Metropolitan Region water source rules
Background document
July, 2021
Gwydir Regulated River Gwydir Replaced   July, 2026
Gwydir Unregulated and Alluvial Gwydir Commenced Gwydir Unregulated water source rules
Background document
July, 2022
Hunter Regulated River Hunter Commenced Hunter Regulated River water source rules
Background document
July, 2026
Hunter Unregulated and Alluvial Hunter Commenced Hunter Unregulated River water source rules
Background document
July, 2020
Intersecting Streams Unregulated and Alluvial Western Commenced Intersecting Streams water source rules
Background document
July, 2022
Lachlan Regulated River Lachlan Replaced Pending July, 2026
Lachlan Unregulated and Alluvial Lachlan Commenced Lachlan Unregulated water source rules
Background document
July, 2023
Lower Gwydir GroundwaterGwydir Commenced   July, 2019
Lower Lachlan GroundwaterLachlan Commenced   July, 2019
Lower Macquarie GroundwaterCentral West Commenced   July, 2019
Lower Murray GroundwaterMurray Commenced   July, 2019
Lower Murray Shallow GroundwaterMurray Commenced Lower Murray Shallow Groundwater source rules
Background document
July, 2022
Lower Murray-Darling Unregulated and AlluvialLower Murray Darling Commenced Lower Murray-Darling water source rules
Background document
July, 2022
Lower Murrumbidgee GroundwaterMurrumbidgee Commenced   July, 2019
Lower North Coast Unregulated and AlluvialLower North Coast Commenced Lower North Coast Unregulated water source rules
Background document
July, 2020
Macleay Unregulated and AlluvialMid North Coast Commenced Macleay Unregulated water source rules
Background document
July, 2026
Macquarie and Cudgegong Regulated RiversCentral West Replaced   July, 2026
Macquarie Bogan Unregulated and AlluvialCentral West Commenced Macquarie Bogan Unregulated water source rules
Background document
July, 2023
Murrah-Wallaga Area Unregulated and AlluvialSouth East Commenced Murray-Wallaga Area Unregulated water source rules
Background document
July, 2021
Murray Unregulated and AlluvialMurray Commenced Murray Unregulated water source rules
Background document
July, 2022
Murrumbidgee Regulated River Murray Replaced   July, 2026
Murrumbidgee Unregulated and AlluvialMurray Commenced Murrumbidgee Unregulated water source rules
Background document
July, 2023
Nambucca River Unregulated and AlluvialMid North Coast Commenced Nambucca River Unregulated water source rules
Background document
July, 2027
Namoi Unregulated and Alluvial Namoi Commenced Namoi Unregulated water source rules
Background document
July, 2022
North Coast Coastal Sands GroundwaterCentral Coast Commenced North Coast Coastal Sands Groundwater source rules
Background document
July, 2026
North Coast Fractured and Porous Rock GroundwaterCentral Coast Commenced North Coast Fractured and Porous Rock Groundwater source rules
Background document
July, 2026
North Western Unregulated and Fractured RockWestern Commenced North Western Unregulated and Fractured Rock water source rules
Background document
July, 2022
NSW Border Rivers Regulated RiverBorder Rivers Commenced Background document July, 2019
NSW Border Rivers Unregulated and AlluvialBorder Rivers Commenced NSW Border Rivers water source rules
Background document
July, 2022
NSW Great Artesian Basin Groundwater Border Rivers Commenced Background document July, 2020
NSW Great Artesian Basin Shallow Groundwater Border Rivers Commenced NSW Great Artesian Basin Shallow Groundwater source rules
Background document
July, 2022
NSW Murray and Lower Darling Regulated RiversLower Murray Darling Replaced   July, 2026
NSW Murray-Darling Basin Fractured Rock Groundwater Border Rivers Central West Commenced NSW Murray-Darling Basin Fractured Rock Groundwater source rules
Background document
July, 2022
NSW Murray-Darling Basin Porous Rock GroundwaterBorder Rivers Commenced NSW Murray-Darling Basin Porous Rock Groundwater source rules
Background document
July, 2022
Paterson Regulated RiverHunter Pending  July, 2019
Peel Valley Regulated, Unregulated, Alluvial and Fractured Rock Namoi Commenced Peel Valley water source rules
Background document
July, 2020
Richmond River Area Unregulated, Regulated and AlluvialNorthern Rivers Commenced Richmond River area water source rules
Background document
July, 2021
Snowy Genoa Unregulated and Alluvial South East Commenced Snowy Genoa water source rules
Background document
July, 2026
South Coast GroundwaterSouth East and Southern Commenced South Coast Groundwater source rules
Background document
July, 2026
Towamba River Unregulated and Alluvial South East Commenced Towamba River water source rules
Background document
July, 2021
Tuross River Unregulated and Alluvial South East Commenced Tuross River water source rules
Background document
July, 2026
Tweed River Area Unregulated and AlluvialNorthern Rivers Commenced Tweed River area water source rules
Background document
July, 2021
Upper and Lower Namoi Groundwater Namoi Commenced   July, 2019
Upper Namoi and Lower Namoi Regulated River Namoi Commenced   July, 2026