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Reporting on the implementation of water strategies

2022-23 Annual progress report on water strategy implementation

This report details the NSW Governments progress in implementing the Water Strategy Program from July 2022 to June 2023.


This report details the NSW Government’s progress in implementing the Water Strategy Program from July 2022 to June 2023. It outlines key achievements and challenges from 13 water strategies now in implementation including state-wide and place-based water strategies. The strategies being reported upon include the:

The water strategies program is setting us up for the future. Implementation to date has focused on projects that build capacity across the water sector so we can better respond to emerging issues.

Reporting on progress and sharing information is an important part of implementing each of the strategies. It enables monitoring of progress toward desired outcomes and provides insights to drive adaptive management.

Read more about the integrated water strategies program

Progress reporting for 2022-23 is both theme and region based.

Key themes

The key themes below showcase our overall water strategy actions and describe what we have delivered.

Staff working in an engagement session held in Tamworth.

Building community confidence and capacity through engagement, transparency, and accountability.

Cultural watering plans

Recognition of First Nations/Aboriginal people’s rights and values and increasing access to and ownership of water for cultural and economic purposes.

An enhanced, state-wide focus on sustainable groundwater management.

The sun rising over the scenic Darling River, Bourke.

Improving river flows across connected water catchments

Safe and Secure Water Program.

Reducing urban water security risks and supporting resilient cities and towns.

Regional leakage reduction program

Water efficiency and leakage reduction – doing more with less.

Wetlands Sunset, Mid Murray River.

Preparing for drought and managing risk.

Aerial view of people fishing near the mouth of the Brunswick River

Taking a holistic approach to land and water management.

Aerial view of the Tuross River estuary - Image credit: DPE

Sustainable coastal waterways in a changing climate.

Region snapshots

Region-based water strategies address the specific challenges of a region with local solutions. Nine regional water strategies and 2 metropolitan strategies have been finalised and are being implemented.

Region-based strategies ensure each region is prepared for a changing climate.

Find out details on the progress of strategy implementation for each region