Rural floodplain management

Find out how we help create better planning processes for rural floodplains.

Department of Primary Industries Water (DPI Water) and the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) are developing rural floodplain management plans in partnership as part of the transition from rural floodplain management planning under Part 8 of the Water Act 1912 to the Water Management Act 2000.

The development of the plans is overseen by an interagency regional panel made up of representatives from DPI Water, OEH, NSW Department of Primary Industries (Agriculture and Fisheries) and Local Land Services.

Rural floodplain management plans contain rules and management zones to coordinate the approval of new flood works or the approval of amendments to existing flood works.

Visit DPI Water for more information about the development of these plans.

Healthy Floodplains Project

The Healthy Floodplains Project is funded by the Australian Government’s Sustainable Rural Water Use and Infrastructure Program as part of the implementation of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan in New South Wales.

The NSW Healthy Floodplains Project aims to reform water management in the northern basin floodplains of NSW.

A major component of the project is to streamline existing rural floodplain management planning processes by providing more consistency in planning outcomes, and a greater focus on environmental considerations in rural areas of the Murray-Darling Basin.

Under the Healthy Floodplains Project, OEH is developing the technical content in consultation with a technical advisory group for floodplain management plans in five rural valleys in northern NSW.

For more information, visit the DPI Water healthy floodplains page.

Map showing five rural valleys where FMPs are being developed

Valley-wide floodplain management plans prepared under the Water Management Act 2000

Page last updated: 24 August 2016