Strategy at a glance
Groundwater supports cultural and social values, dependent ecosystems and resilient towns and industries
Our groundwater resources and dependent ecosystems are protected to support current and future uses || ||Through sustainable groundwater use, water dependent aspirations of Aboriginal people are supported, water resilience for urban populations is improved and development opportunities are realised|| ||
Better groundwater management and investment decisions are made based on improved information and knowledge|
Refresh, consolidate and expand our groundwater policy framework||Support Aboriginal people's rights, values and uses of groundwater||
Develop the groundwater components of a water knowledge plan|
|Improve protection of groundwater dependent ecosystems and baseflows to streams||Support towns and cities that use groundwater to improve their urban water planning||
Better share and integrate groundwater information|
|Review and update approaches to sustainable groundwater extraction||Support resilient groundwater dependent industries in NSW||
Improve our understanding of groundwater resources|
|Protect groundwater quality within natural limits|| ||
Expand and target our groundwater data collection|
Better integrate groundwater management with other land and water management processes|| || |
About the strategy
NSW has a robust, world-leading approach to managing our groundwater resources. While this approach has served us well, the NSW Groundwater Strategy builds on and improves the way groundwater resources are managed and used in NSW for the next 20 years.
The 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.
12 strategic priorities 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.
The first implementation plan will be published online in early 2023.
Two companion guides provide relevant background information on our groundwater resources and how we manage them: