The Water Management Act 2000 applies to areas of New South Wales that have a water sharing plan. Information on all water sharing plans that have commenced can be found on this page. For information on plans currently on exhibition for public comment see plans on exhibition.

A water sharing plan is generally in place for 10 years, but may be suspended from time to time under Section 49(a) of the Act due to severe water shortages.

Table of commenced water sharing plans in New South Wales

Follow the links in the table below to individual pages containing detailed information on each water sharing plan such as the locality map. You can sort this table into alpha or numeric order by selecting and clicking on the column heading. You can also view maps of NSW showing commenced water sharing plans.

Water sharing plan information Map of water management area Plan status
Adelong Creek
Water Sharing Plan for the Adelong Creek Water Source
Murrumbidgee 2004-07-01 – commenced
Alstonville Plateau Groundwater
Water Sharing Plan for the Alstonville Plateau Groundwater Sources
Northern Rivers 2004-07-01 – commenced
Apsley River
Water Sharing Plan for the Apsley River Water Source
Mid North Coast 2004-07-01 – commenced
Barwon-Darling Unregulated and Alluvial
Water Sharing Plan for the Barwon-Darling Unregulated and Alluvial Water Sources
Border Rivers
Central West
Gwydir
Namoi
Western
2012-10-04 – commenced
Bega and Brogo Rivers Area Regulated, Unregulated and Alluvial
Water Sharing Plan for the Bega and Brogo Rivers Area Regulated, Unregulated and Alluvial Water Sources
South Coast 2011-04-01 – commenced
Belubula Regulated River
Water Sharing Plan for the Belubula Regulated River Water Source
Lachlan 2012-10-04 – commenced
Bellinger River Area Unregulated and Alluvial
Water Sharing Plan for the Bellinger River Area Unregulated and Alluvial Water Sources
Upper North Coast 2008-07-01 – commenced
Castlereagh River (above Binnaway)
Water Sharing Plan for the Castlereagh River (above Binnaway) Water Source
Central West 2004-07-01 – commenced
Castlereagh River (below Binnaway) Unregulated and Alluvial
Water Sharing Plan for the Castlereagh River (below Binnaway) Unregulated and Alluvial Water Source
Central West 2011-10-01 – commenced
Central Coast Unregulated
Water Sharing Plan for the Central Coast Unregulated Water Sources
Central Coast 2009-08-01 – commenced
Coffs Harbour Area Unregulated and Alluvial
Water Sharing Plan for the Coffs Harbour Area Unregulated and Alluvial Water Sources
Upper North Coast 2009-08-01 – commenced
Commissioners Waters
Water Sharing Plan for the Commissioners Waters Water Source
Mid North Coast 2004-07-01 – commenced
Coopers Creek
Water Sharing Plan for the Coopers Creek Water Source
Northern Rivers 2004-07-01 – commenced
Dorrigo Plateau Surface Water Source and Dorrigo Basalt Groundwater
Water Sharing Plan for the Dorrigo Plateau Surface Water Source and Dorrigo Basalt Groundwater Source
Mid North Coast
Upper North Coast
2004-07-01 – commenced
Greater Metropolitan Region Groundwater
Water Sharing Plan for the Greater Metropolitan Region Groundwater Sources
Hawkesbury-Nepean
Southern
Southern Sydney
Sydney Harbour
2011-07-01 – commenced
Greater Metropolitan Region Unregulated River
Water Sharing Plan for the Greater Metropolitan Region Unregulated River Water Sources
Hawkesbury-Nepean
Southern
Southern Sydney
Sydney Harbour
2011-07-01 – commenced
Gwydir Regulated River
Water Sharing Plan for the Gwydir Regulated River Water Source
Gwydir 2004-07-01 – commenced
Gwydir Unregulated and Alluvial
Water Sharing Plan for the Gwydir Unregulated and Alluvial Water Sources
Gwydir 2012-08-03 – commenced
Hunter Regulated River
Water Sharing Plan for the Hunter Regulated River Water Source
Hunter 2004-07-01 – commenced
2006-12-29 – suspended
2009-02-20 – recommenced
Hunter Unregulated and Alluvial
Water Sharing Plan for the Hunter Unregulated and Alluvial Water Sources
Hunter 2009-08-01 – commenced
Intersecting Streams Unregulated and Alluvial
Water Sharing Plan for the Intersecting Streams Unregulated and Alluvial Water Sources
Western 2011-11-14 – commenced
Jilliby Jilliby Creek
Water Sharing Plan for the Jilliby Jilliby Creek Water Source
Central Coast 2004-07-01 – commenced
Kangaroo River
Water Sharing Plan for the Kangaroo River Water Source
Southern 2004-07-01 – commenced
Karuah River
Water Sharing Plan for the Karuah River Water Source
Lower North Coast 2004-07-01 – commenced
Kulnura Mangrove Mountain Groundwater
Water Sharing Plan for the Kulnura Mangrove Mountain Groundwater Sources
Central Coast 2004-07-01 – commenced
Lachlan Regulated River
Water Sharing Plan for the Lachlan Regulated River Water Source
Lachlan 2004-07-01 – commenced
2004-07-01 – suspended
2011-09-16 – recommenced
Lachlan Unregulated and Alluvial
Water Sharing Plan for the Lachlan Unregulated and Alluvial Water Sources
Lachlan 2012-09-14 – commenced
Lower Gwydir Groundwater
Water Sharing Plan for the Lower Gwydir Groundwater Source
Gwydir 2006-10-01 – commenced
Lower Lachlan Groundwater
Water Sharing Plan for the Lower Lachlan Groundwater Source
Lachlan 2008-02-01 – commenced
Lower Macquarie Groundwater
Water Sharing Plan for the Lower Macquarie Groundwater Sources
Central West 2006-10-01 – commenced
Lower Murray-Darling Unregulated and Alluvial
Water Sharing Plan for the Lower Murray-Darling Unregulated and Alluvial Water Sources
Lower Murray Darling 2012-01-30 – commenced
Lower Murray Groundwater
Water Sharing Plan for the Lower Murray Groundwater Source
Murray 2006-11-01 – commenced
Lower Murray Shallow Groundwater
Water Sharing Plan for the Lower Murray Shallow Groundwater Source
Murray 2012-04-01 – commenced
Lower Murrumbidgee Groundwater
Water Sharing Plan for the Lower Murrumbidgee Groundwater Sources
Murrumbidgee 2006-10-01 – commenced
Lower North Coast Unregulated and Alluvial
Water Sharing Plan for the Lower North Coast Unregulated and Alluvial Water Sources
Lower North Coast 2009-08-01 – commenced
Macquarie Bogan Unregulated and Alluvial
Water Sharing Plan for the Macquarie Bogan Unregulated and Alluvial Water Sources
Central West 2012-10-04 – commenced
Macquarie and Cudgegong Regulated Rivers
Water Sharing Plan for the Macquarie and Cudgegong Regulated Rivers Water Source
Central West 2004-07-01 – commenced
2007-07-27 – suspended
2011-09-16 – recommenced
Mandagery Creek
Water Sharing Plan for the Mandagery Creek Water Source
Lachlan 2004-07-01 – commenced
Murrah-Wallaga Area Unregulated and Alluvial
Water Sharing Plan for the Murrah-Wallaga Area Unregulated and Alluvial Water Sources
South East 2010-12-17 – commenced
Murray Unregulated and Alluvial
Water Sharing Plan for the Murray Unregulated and Alluvial Water Sources
Murray 2012-01-30 – commenced
Murrumbidgee Regulated River
Water Sharing Plan for the Murrumbidgee Regulated River Water Source
Murray
Murrumbidgee
2004-07-01 – commenced
2006-11-10 – suspended
2011-09-16 – recommenced
Murrumbidgee Unregulated and Alluvial
Water Sharing Plan for the Murrumbidgee Unregulated and Alluvial Water Sources
Murray
Murrumbidgee
2012-10-04 – commenced
Namoi Unregulated and Alluvial
Water Sharing Plan for the Namoi Unregulated and Alluvial Water Sources
Namoi 2012-10-04 – commenced
NSW Border Rivers Regulated River
Water Sharing Plan for the NSW Border Rivers Regulated River Water Source
Border Rivers 2009-07-01 – commenced
NSW Border Rivers Unregulated and Alluvial
Water Sharing Plan for the NSW Border Rivers Unregulated and Alluvial Water Sources
Border Rivers 2012-06-01 – commenced
NSW Great Artesian Basin Groundwater
Water Sharing Plan for the NSW Great Artesian Basin Groundwater Sources
Border Rivers
Central West
Gwydir
Namoi
Western
2008-07-01 – commenced
NSW Great Artesian Basin Shallow Groundwater
Water Sharing Plan for the NSW Great Artesian Basin Shallow Groundwater Sources
Border Rivers
Central West
Gwydir
Namoi
Western
2011-11-14 – commenced
NSW Murray-Darling Basin Fractured Rock Groundwater
Water Sharing Plan for the NSW Murray-Darling Basin Fractured Rock Groundwater Sources
Border Rivers
Central West
Gwydir
Lachlan
Lower Murray Darling
Murray
Murrumbidgee
Namoi
Western

 

2012-01-16 – commenced
NSW Murray-Darling Basin Porous Rock Groundwater
Water Sharing Plan for the NSW Murray-Darling Basin Porous Rock Groundwater Sources
Border Rivers
Central West
Gwydir
Lower Murray Darling
Murray
Murrumbidgee
Namoi
Western
2012-01-16 – commenced
NSW Murray and Lower Darling Regulated Rivers
Water Sharing Plan for the NSW Murray and Lower Darling Regulated Rivers Water Sources
Lower Murray Darling
Murray
2004-07-01 – commenced
2006-11-10 – suspended
2011-09-16 – recommenced
North Western Unregulated and Fractured Rock
Water Sharing Plan for the North Western Unregulated and Fractured Rock Water Source
Western 2011-10-01 – commenced
Ourimbah Creek
Water Sharing Plan for the Ourimbah Creek Water Source
Central Coast 2004-07-01 – commenced
2006-12-22 – suspended
2010-04-09 – recommenced
Paterson Regulated River
Water Sharing Plan for the Paterson Regulated River Water Source
Hunter 2007-07-01 – commenced
Peel Valley Regulated, Unregulated, Alluvium and Fractured Rock
Water Sharing Plan for the Peel Valley Regulated, Unregulated, Alluvium and Fractured Rock Water Sources
Namoi 2010-07-01 – commenced
Phillips Creek, Mooki River, Quirindi Creek and Warrah Creek
Water Sharing Plan for the Phillips Creek, Mooki River, Quirindi Creek and Warrah Creek Water Sources
Namoi 2004-07-01 – commenced
Richmond River Area Unregulated, Regulated and Alluvial
Water Sharing Plan for the Richmond River Area Unregulated, Regulated and Alluvial Water Sources
Northern Rivers 2010-12-17 – commenced
Rocky Creek, Cobbadah, Upper Horton and Lower Horton
Water Sharing Plan for the Rocky Creek, Cobbadah, Upper Horton and Lower Horton Water Source
Gwydir 2004-07-01 – commenced
Stuarts Point Groundwater
Water Sharing Plan for the Stuarts Point Groundwater Source
Mid North Coast 2004-07-01 – commenced
Tarcutta Creek
Water Sharing Plan for the Tarcutta Creek Water Source
Murrumbidgee 2004-07-01 – commenced
Tenterfield Creek
Water Sharing Plan for the Tenterfield Creek Water Source
Border Rivers 2004-07-01 – commenced
Tomago Tomaree Stockton Groundwater
Water Sharing Plan for the Tomago Tomaree Stockton Groundwater Sources
Hunter
Lower North Coast
2004-07-01 – commenced
Toorumbee Creek
Water Sharing Plan for the Toorumbee Creek Water Source
Mid North Coast 2004-07-01 – commenced
Towamba River Unregulated and Alluvial
Water Sharing Plan for the Towamba River Unregulated and Alluvial Water Sources
South East 2010-12-17 – commenced
Tweed River Area Unregulated and Alluvial
Water Sharing Plan for the Tweed River Area Unregulated and Alluvial Water Sources
Northern Rivers 2010-12-17 – commenced
Upper and Lower Namoi Groundwater
Water Sharing Plan for the Upper and Lower Namoi Groundwater Sources
Namoi 2006-11-01 – commenced
Upper Billabong
Water Sharing Plan for the Upper Billabong Water Source
Murray 2004-07-01 – commenced
Upper Brunswick River
Water Sharing Plan for the Upper Brunswick River Water Source
Northern Rivers 2004-07-01 – commenced
Upper Namoi and Lower Namoi Regulated River
Water Sharing Plan for the Upper Namoi and Lower Namoi Regulated River Water Sources
Namoi 2004-07-01 – commenced
Wandella Creek
Water Sharing Plan for the Wandella Creek Water Source
South East 2004-07-01 – commenced
Wybong Creek
Water Sharing Plan for the Wybong Creek Water Source
Hunter 2004-07-01 – commenced
2006-08-18 – suspended