Water sharing plan reviews

Reviewing water sharing plans to identify opportunities to improve water sharing provisions and associated outcomes


The purpose of water sharing plans is to prescribe how water is managed, firstly to provide for the environment and also to support social and economic outcomes. These plans typically apply for a period of ten years.

The Commission has a statutory role under Section 43A of the Water Management Act 2000 to undertake independent reviews of water sharing plans approaching expiry and report its findings to the Minister for Water. These reviews help to identify opportunities to improve water sharing provisions and associated outcomes. The Minister considers the Commission’s report before deciding to extend or make a new water sharing plan.

Current reviews (Click on link to go to web page)

Water sharing plans for the following water sources:

  • Bega and Brogo Rivers Area Regulated, Unregulated and Alluvial
  • Greater Metropolitan Region Unregulated River
  • Greater Metropolitan Region Groundwater
  • Murrah-Wallaga Area Unregulated and Alluvial
  • Richmond River Area Unregulated, Regulated and Alluvial
  • Towamba River Unregulated and Alluvial
  • Tweed River Area Unregulated and Alluvial

Completed reviews

Water sharing plan
Central Coast Unregulated Review report
Coffs Harbour Area Unregulated and Alluviul Review report
Hunter Unregulated and Alluvial Review report
Lower North Coast Unregulated and Alluvial Review report
Peel Valley Regulated, Unregulated, Alluvial and Fractured Rock Review report
Water sharing plan
Barwon-Darling Unregulated and Alluvial Review report
Water sharing plan
Belinger River Area Unregulated and Alluvial Review report
NSW Border Rivers Regulated River Review report
NSW Great Artesian Basin Shallow Groundwater Review report
Water sharing plan
Lower Gwydir Groundwater Review report (all plans)
Lower Lachlan Groundwater
Lower Macquarie Groundwater
Lower Murray Groundwater
Lower Murrumbidgee Groundwater
Paterson Regulated River
Upper and Lower Namoi Groundwater
Water sharing plan
Adelong Creek Review report (all plans)
Alstoneville Plateau Groundwater
Apsley River
Castlereagh River above Binnaway
Commissioners Waters
Coopers Creek
Dorrigo Plateau Surface and Dorrigo Basalt Groundwater
Gwydir Regulated River
Hunter Regulated River
Jilliby Jilliby Creek
Kangaroo River
Karuah River
Kulnura Mangrove Mountain Groundwater
Lachlan Regulated River
Macquarie and Cudgegong Regulated Rivers
Mangrove Creek
Murrumbidgee Regulated River
NSW Murray and Lower Darling Regulated Rivers
Ourimbah Creek
Phillips Ck, Mooki River, Quirindi Ck and Warrah Creek
Rocky Ck, Cobbadah Upper Horton and Lower Horton
Stuarts Point Groundwater
Tarcutta Creek
Tenterfield Creek
Tomago TomareeStockton Groundwater
Toorumbie Creek
Upper Billabong
Upper Brunswick River
Upper Namoi and Lower Namoi Regulated River
Wandella Creek
Wybong Creek
Water sharing plan
Lower Lachlan Groundwater Review report