NSW Department of Planning and Environment

Resilience and natural hazard risk

Ensuring risk is understood and considered early through strategic planning to protect communities.

Resilience is the capacity of individuals, communities, businesses and systems within a city to survive, adapt and thrive no matter what kinds of stresses and shocks they face. The land use planning system plays an important role in creating resilient places.

We are committed to ensuring risk from natural hazards is understood and considered early through strategic planning so that communities are protected from existing and future risks. Good land use planning can help avoid or mitigate the worst effects of natural hazards such as flood, drought and bushfire.

The NSW Government’s risk policies and guidelines help councils plan strategically and assess development proposals. These policies and guidelines ensure sensitive land uses and infrastructure (such as homes, hospitals and schools) are appropriately located, so communities are not placed at high risk, and people can safely evacuate if there’s an emergency.

The department works closely with other government agencies including Resilience NSW, NSW State Emergency Service, NSW Rural Fire Service, Infrastructure NSW and local government to build resilient communities by adopting a risk-based approach to land use planning to keep our communities safe.

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The NSW Government is seeking to create greater resilience in our communities through the planning system.

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The NSW Government has several initiatives that are reducing urban heat to create a sustainable, liveable and cool Greater Sydney.

Oxley Highway at sunset. Liverpool Plains, NSW. Photo by: NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment / Neil Fenelon

The department has developed a state-wide natural hazards package that encourages councils to consider natural hazard risk in strategic land use planning.

Flannel Flower Beach, NSW. Photo by: NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment / James Still

The NSW Government is committed to future-proofing our planning system and helping our communities recover and rebuild from the impacts of natural disasters.

Landscape near Warialda, New South Wales. Photo by DPIE / Neil Fenelon

The NSW Government is committed to helping protect homes from the threat of bushfires.

Sun rising over the Nepean River, Penrith in Western Sydney

The NSW Government is working closely with other agencies on managing flood risks to keep our communities safe.

Byron Bay Lighthouse, Beach and Hinterland Aerial Shot in the Northern Rivers, NSW CC BY-SA 4.0 / Kpravin2

Coastal hazards are managed within the NSW planning system via the NSW Coastal Management Framework.