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NSW Water Strategy

A 20-year state-wide strategy to improve the security of our water resources.

Aerial view of Dubbo NSW

About the Strategy

The NSW Water Strategy takes a strategic and integrated approach to looking after the state’s water. This strategy is the first 20-year water strategy for all of NSW to improve the security, reliability, quality and resilience of our water resources over the long term. It sets the priorities and outlines the implementation plan to delivering on these outcomes.

The NSW Water Strategy sets the overarching vision for 12 regional and two metropolitan water strategies, tailored to the individual needs of each region in NSW. Together, the strategies will improve the resilience of NSW’s water services and resources.

About the Strategy

The NSW Government has developed a 20-year, state-wide water strategy to improve security of our water resources.

Hanging Rock Lookout overlooking Shoalhaven River at Nowra, New South Wales. Image courtesy of DNSW.

The NSW Water Strategy

Find out about the priorities and actions in the Strategy.

View from the Pinnacle Loockout across the Caldera to Wollumbin-Mount Warning.

How progress will be evaluated and reported

An integrated framework is being established for reviewing and reporting against the Strategy.

How progress will be evaluated and reported

Report on the strategy’s progress

The report on the progress made from the 2021-22 Implementation plan.

Scenic views of the Tweed River running through the Murwillumbah countryside.

Implementation plan 2022-24

Find out what will be actioned in the next two years.

Afternoon sun shining over the Macquarie River near Dubbo.

Case studies

Learn more about key programs and actions that have been implemented.

Tareelaroi Weir, Gwydir.

What will water look like in NSW in 2050?

The NSW Water Strategy takes a strategic and integrated approach to looking after the state’s water. Watch the video to find out more.