The safety of people is paramount when planning for communities.
The importance the Department places on strategic planning and understanding the risks posed by natural disasters ensures development is located outside high-risk areas, that the built form is resilient, and evacuation needs are thoroughly considered.
The government’s risk policies and guidelines provide assistance to councils in assessing development applications for development. These policies and guidelines ensure the location and amount of new homes and other sensitive uses (like hospitals and schools) are appropriately located and do not exceed the ability to safely evacuate the community in the event of a natural disaster.
The Department works closely with other government agencies including the Office of Environment and Heritage, NSW State Emergency Service, Rural Fire Service, Infrastructure NSW and councils to build resilient communities through risk-based land use planning to keep our communities safe.
The NSW Government is committed to helping protect homes from the threat of bushfires.
The NSW Government is working closely with other agencies on managing flood risks to keep our communities safe.