Strategic planning status

From 1 July 2022, the Regulatory and assurance framework for local water utilities PDF, 1613.11 KB applies to local water utilities in regional NSW.

In 2021, we committed to ensuring that those local water utilities progressing their Integrated Water Cycle Management (IWCM) Strategy would not be disadvantaged by the new strategic planning assurance framework. We continue to engage with all local water utilities that are currently undertaking an IWCM Strategy, including those funded under the Safe and Secure Water Program. We will work with utilities individually to develop a clear transition program through to 1 December. We will also publish draft guidance over the coming months, with final guidance in place by October.

We are in the process of updating the strategic planning status dashboard below.

The following dashboard provides the current review status of a local water utility’s strategic planning, based on our previous approach to assessment of Integrated Water Cycle Management (IWCM) strategies.

Stages

Government funding – Expression of interest (EOI) accepted

The LWUs EOI for Government funding for preparation of IWCM strategy accepted by the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment Program Management Office.

Government funding – Eligibility confirmed

The LWUs eligibility for Government funding confirmed by the department.

Scope of works – Complete and agreed by the department

The scope of works for the LWUs preparation of issues paper and/or IWCM strategy reviewed and agreed by the department.

IWCM issues paper – Commenced

The department agreed with the engagement of consultant for preparation of issues paper and/or LWU notified the department of the commencement of IWCM strategy.

IWCM issues paper – Draft under review

The draft issues paper is either with the department for review or is with the utility to address the review comments made on the draft by the department.

IWCM issues paper – Complete and the departments concurrence issued

The final issues paper submitted and concurrence issued by the department.

IWCM strategy – Commenced

The department agreed with the engagement of consultant for preparation of IWCM strategy and/or LWU notified the department of the commencement of IWCM strategy.

IWCM strategy – Draft under review

The draft IWCM strategy is either with the department for review or is with the utility to address the review comments made on the draft by the department.

IWCM strategy – Complete and the departments concurrence issued 

The final IWCM strategy submitted and concurrence issued by the department.


Please notify iwcm@dpie.nsw.gov.au if you believe this information should be updated.