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Guidance for local water utility strategic planning

Information about strategic planning outcome areas and how to use the IP&R framework for local water utility planning.

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The department’s guidance Using the Integrated Planning and Reporting framework for local water utility strategic planning (PDF, 573.33 KB) is for councils interested in using the Integrated Planning and Reporting (IP&R) framework of the Local Government Act 1993 for local water utility strategic planning.

We will continue to work with interested councils and joint organisations of councils over the next cycle of IP&R (from 1 July 2022 to 30 June 2025) to support pilots using the IP&R framework for local water utility strategic planning. The intention is to learn from these councils and share their knowledge, expertise, and learnings with the sector more broadly through future updates of this guidance. Councils interested in participating in the pilot process should contact the Town Water Risk Reduction Program at regional.town.water@dpie.nsw.gov.au.

We continue to develop other guidance for local water utility strategic planning. By October 2022 we will have guidance in place for each of the 12 strategic planning outcome areas identified in the regulatory and assessment framework:

  • Understanding service needs
  • Understanding water security
  • Understanding water quality
  • Understanding environmental impacts
  • Understanding system capacity, capability and efficiency
  • Understanding other risks and challenges
  • Understanding solutions to deliver services
  • Understanding resourcing needs
  • Understanding revenue sources
  • Make and implement sound strategic decisions
  • Implement sound pricing and prudent financial management
  • Promote integrated water cycle management.