The NSW coastline is world-renowned and stretches an incredible 2,101km in length. It is the most populated coastline in the country and provides a multitude of values and uses for resident communities and visitors.
The economic and lifestyle benefits of coastal living continue to attract new residents and tourists and the competition for use and enjoyment of these places, continues to place our coastal and marine environment under increasing pressure. The department’s policies and programs support good strategic planning and development assessment in these vulnerable and in-demand areas.
Read more about our coastal and marine policies and programs below.
Strategic planning and development assessment in coastal communities must carefully balance the need to provide jobs, housing, community facilities and transport for a changing population with maintaining the unique qualities of coastal and marine environments, which are vulnerable to many threats.
The department is a member of the marine Estate Management Authority and helps deliver the NSW Marine Estate Management Strategy, which aims to coordinate marine estate management over the ten years from 2018 to 2028.
The department administers the Coastal Lands Protection Scheme which helps bring significant coastal lands into public ownership and long-term management and care.