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Water resource plans

Water resource plans must be prepared and submitted for assessment to meet our commitment to the Commonwealth's Basin Plan.

Murray Darling Junction, Wentworth.

Important information: NSW submitted the 20 water resource plans in April and June 2020. The Murray–Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) undertook their assessment between May 2020 and August 2021. The plans were withdrawn to address the issues raised by the MDBA.

NSW further submitted all twenty plans between March and November 2022. Seven surface water resource plans were withdrawn again in May 2023. Three of these plans have now been resubmitted.

These submitted plans are undergoing review and assessment by the MDBA. As the plans move to formal accreditation assessment, and are ultimately accredited, they will be made available on the MDBA website. A link is provided for the respective plan on the Water Resource Plan Status page.

About the water resource plans

Water resource plans are a key feature of the Commonwealth Basin Plan 2012. In NSW, we have developed 20 water resource plans. This follows three years of public consultation and discussion with stakeholders and the community.

Each water resource plan area has different resources, environmental assets, development and geography. These things affect the management of water resources in each area.

Relying heavily on our NSW water sharing plans, the plans provide a clear framework and rule-set for managing NSW Basin water resources. This will benefit regional communities and water dependent industries. It will ensure we maintain healthy and resilient water ecosystems. These plans will help us to achieve the right balance of community, environmental, economic and cultural outcomes.

Macintyre River in Kwiambal National Park, New South Wales.

Find the latest information about the water resources plans and the status of their accreditation as well as updates on stakeholder

Aerial view of Murray River at dusk. Moama, NSW.

Find out the next steps for the 20 submitted draft water resource plans.

Junction of Darling and Murray Rivers, Australia.

Search the list of water resource plans in NSW and see their current status. View the plans and all related information.

 Wollundry Lagoon surrounded by river gum and sheoak trees, Wagga Wagga.

The water resource plan library consists of reports and fact sheets to explain the various elements of water resource plans.

Cawndilla campground is in the western precinct of Kinchega National Park.

Read about the process we used to develop the water resource plans.

River sunset on the Mid Murray River.

Read about how LTDLE factors keep track of how much water has been recovered for the environment as required by the Basin Plan 2012.