Our leadership team

Our leadership team

The department’s water group is focused on delivering community, economic and environmental water outcomes that ensure water security, quality and supply across NSW.

Water Infrastructure NSW

Water Infrastructure NSW (WINSW) is responsible for leading the development and delivery of key government water infrastructure projects and programs across the state. WINSW delivers world-class, major water infrastructure projects that contribute to the safety, security and sustainability of our valued water resources for our communities and the environment.

WINSW collaborates across the water sector, with industry partners and stakeholders, to deliver innovative infrastructure and water management solutions, with a focus on outcomes that support the health, well-being and prosperity of our customers and communities as well as the natural environment.

Strategy Division

The Strategy Division sets the long-term strategic direction for water management, leads policy development and water planning, delivers strategic projects and fulfils statutory obligations under the Water management Act and intergovernmental obligations for Murray-Darling Basin matters. The Division is responsible for the NSW Water Strategy, twelve Regional and two Metropolitan water strategies (Greater Sydney and Lower Hunter) addressing key issues such as climate variability and change, Aboriginal rights and access to water, town water security, economic development, and protecting and enhancing the environment, as well as the ongoing review and maintenance of 52 statutory Water Sharing Plans.

Operations Division

The Water Operations Division is key to ensuring the State has sustainable, secure and healthy water resources and services by collaborating and working in partnership with stakeholders across the sector, delivering short term operational activities for long term impact.

Knowledge Division

The Knowledge Division delivers trusted knowledge and information through data, science, analytics and modelling. The Division includes surface water, groundwater, assessments, modelling and analytics teams. We work closely with research, institutional and water sector collaborators to ensure our information products, public tools, maps and portals meet the needs of our clients and the people of NSW.

Water Sector Reform Division

The Water Sector Reform Division is leading projects to embed major long-term reforms of water management in NSW, including reducing barriers to managing risks effectively in town water systems in regional NSW, improving customer service outcomes across water licensing and approvals, and improving the transparency of roles and responsibilities of organisations involved in managing water in NSW. The Division does this by strengthening existing partnerships, analysing current processes and exploring and embedding improvements to customer service outcomes for the people of NSW.

Office of the Deputy Secretary

The Office of the Deputy Secretary links the public with the water sector through engagement, including water enquiries, engaging across the water sector and between department, government and ministerial offices to deliver ministerial, executive, corporate and stakeholder support.


NRAR was created to change the water compliance landscape in NSW. NRAR are here to ensure that water laws are enforced so that communities and the environment get their fair share of our state's precious water resources. NRAR has an independent board responsible for decisions about its compliance and enforcement functions. The board started work in late 2017 on the formation and strategic direction of NRAR. Go to the NRAR website for more information.