The Water Sharing Plan for the Greater Metropolitan Region Groundwater Sources includes rules for protecting the environment, extractions, managing licence holders' water accounts, and water trading in the plan area.

Information on this water sharing plan is available for viewing as detailed below:

Water sharing plan

Map of Greater Metroploitan Region water sharing plan map

The Water Sharing Plan for the Greater Metropolitan Region Groundwater Sources is a detailed legal instrument written in its required statutory format.

Plan status

The Greater Metropolitan Region Groundwater Sources plan was made on 2 March 2011 and commenced on 1 July 2011.

This water sharing plan is due for extension/replacement in July 2021.

Community consultation

The draft plan was on public exhibition from 7 June to 30 July 2010. Community consultation included public information sessions in the Shoalhaven/Illawarra, Hawkesbury-Nepean and Metro Sydney areas. All submissions were considered in the finalisation of the statutory plan which will be in place for ten years.

Guide to plan

The Guide (PDF 278 KB) provides a general, plain English explanation of this water sharing plan's key provisions. The guide is a summary that should be read in conjunction with the plan.

Background document

The Background document (PDF 848 KB) provides a range of information on the development of the plan such as: how the plan was developed, the area the plan covers, an explanation of regulated and unregulated water sources included in the plan, the public consultation process, and implementation of the plan.

Rules summary sheets

Water sharing plans contain various rules applying to specific water sources. Rules may include: environmental water rules, access licence dealing rules, rules for access licences, rules for water supply work approvals, rules for making available water determinations, and water allocation account rules.

The following rules summary sheets provide an overview of the key water sharing rules for each water source included in the Greater Metropolitan Region Groundwater Sources plan. The rules are a guide only. For more information about your particular licence conditions, please contact our licensing staff.

Botany Sands (PDF 38 KB) Sydney Basin Central (PDF 39 KB)
Coxs River Fractured Rock (PDF 37 KB) Sydney Basin Coxs River (PDF 39 KB)
Goulburn Fractured Rock (PDF 36 KB) Sydney Basin Nepean (PDF 38 KB)
Hawkesbury Alluvium (PDF 37 KB) Sydney Basin North (PDF 37 KB)
Maroota Tertiary Sands (PDF 37 KB) Sydney Basin Richmond (PDF 37 KB)
Metropolitan Coastal Sands (PDF 36 KB) Sydney Basin South (PDF 37 KB)
Sydney Basin Blue Mountains (PDF 39 KB)  

General information on water sharing plans

Find out more about water sharing plans from the following pages on this website: