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.

Water sharing plan Map Plan status    Documentation Cease date
Barwon-Darling Unregulated and Alluvial Border Rivers Commenced October, 2022
Bega and Brogo Rivers Area Regulated, Unregulated and Alluvial South Coast Commenced July, 2021
Bellinger River Area Unregulated and Alluvial Upper North Coast Commenced July, 2018
Belubula Regulated River Lachlan Commenced July, 2023
Brunswick Unregulated and Alluvial Northern Rivers Commenced July, 2026
Castlereagh River Unregulated and Alluvial Central West Commenced 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 Alluvial Upper 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 Groundwater Hawkesbury-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, 2016
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 July, 2016
Lachlan Unregulated and Alluvial Lachlan Commenced Lachlan Unregulated water source rules
Background document
July, 2023
Lower Gwydir Groundwater Gwydir Commenced  July, 2019
Lower Lachlan Groundwater Lachlan Commenced  July, 2019
Lower Macquarie Groundwater Central West Commenced  July, 2019
Lower Murray Groundwater Murray Commenced  July, 2019
Lower Murray Shallow Groundwater Murray Commenced Lower Murray Shallow Groundwater source rules
Background document
July, 2022
Lower Murray-Darling Unregulated and Alluvial Lower Murray Darling Commenced Lower Murray-Darling water source rules
Background document
July, 2022
Lower Murrumbidgee Groundwater Murrumbidgee Commenced  July, 2019
Lower North Coast Unregulated and Alluvial Lower North Coast Commenced Lower North Coast Unregulated water source rules
Background document
July, 2020
Macleay Unregulated and Alluvial Mid North Coast Commenced Macleay Unregulated water source rules
Background document
July, 2026
Macquarie and Cudgegong Regulated Rivers Central West Replaced  July, 2026
Macquarie Bogan Unregulated and Alluvial Central West Commenced Macquarie Bogan Unregulated water source rules
Background document
July, 2023
Murrah-Wallaga Area Unregulated and Alluvial South East Commenced Murray-Wallaga Area Unregulated water source rules
Background document
July, 2021
Murray Unregulated and Alluvial Murray Commenced Murray Unregulated water source rules
Background document 
July, 2022
Murrumbidgee Regulated River Murray Replaced July, 2026
Murrumbidgee Unregulated and Alluvial Murray Commenced Murrumbidgee Unregulated water source rules
Background document 
July, 2023
Nambucca River Unregulated and Alluvial Mid North Coast Commenced Nambucca River Unregulated water source rules
Background document
July, 2026
Namoi Unregulated and Alluvial Namoi Commenced Namoi Unregulated water source rules
Background document
July, 2022
North Coast Coastal Sands Groundwater Central Coast Commenced North Coast Coastal Sands Groundwater source rules
Background document
July, 2026
North Coast Fractured and Porous Rock Groundwater Central Coast Commenced North Coast Fractured and Porous Rock Groundwater source rules
Background document
July, 2026
North Western Unregulated and Fractured Rock Western Commenced North Western Unregulated and Fractured Rock water source rules
Background document
July, 2022
NSW Border Rivers Regulated River Border Rivers Commenced Background documentJuly, 2019
NSW Border Rivers Unregulated and Alluvial Border Rivers Commenced NSW Border Rivers water source rules
Background document
July, 2022
NSW Great Artesian Basin Groundwater Border Rivers Commenced Background documentJuly, 2018
NSW Great Artesian Basin Shallow Groundwater Border Rivers Commenced NSW Great Artesian Basin Shallow Groundwater source rules
Background document
July, 2020
NSW Murray and Lower Darling Regulated Rivers Lower 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 Groundwater Border Rivers Commenced NSW Murray-Darling Basin Porous Rock Groundwater source rules
Background document
July, 2022
Paterson Regulated River Hunter Commenced  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 Alluvial Northern 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 Groundwater South 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 Alluvial Northern 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