Draft NSW Groundwater Strategy and guides
NSW has a robust, world-leading approach to managing our groundwater resources. While this approach has served us well, the draft NSW Groundwater Strategy aims to build on and improve the way groundwater resources are managed and used in NSW over the next 2 decades.
Since 2021, the draft strategy has been developed via an evidence-based, whole-of-government process with the technical input of an external advisory panel of world-class experts.
It identifies the main challenges confronting the state’s groundwater resources and the modern-day issues driving the need for our groundwater management approach to evolve and deliver long-term groundwater sustainability for NSW.
Three strategic priorities (with 12 linked actions) underpin the department’s response to these challenges and issues – providing a blueprint for devising and delivering initiatives that will protect and future-proof our groundwater resources.
Download the Draft NSW Groundwater Strategy (PDF, 18083.88 KB)
Two companion information guides accompany the draft NSW Groundwater Strategy, providing relevant background information on our groundwater resources and how we manage them:
Make a submission
Feedback from the community on the issues, challenges and opportunities related to groundwater management in NSW is being sought to help finalise the draft NSW Groundwater Strategy’s long-term direction, priorities and actions.
You can make an official submission up until 11:59 pm on Sunday, 14 August 2022 by clicking on the ‘Have your say’ button below and either:
Have your say
Public information sessions
Two online public webinars were held in July 2022 to provide an overview of the draft NSW Groundwater Strategy. Each webinar included a question-and-answer session.