NSW Reconstruction Authority
The devastating 2022 floods across much of NSW severely tested the state’s preparedness for, response to and recovery from major natural disasters.
In response to these disasters, and in line with recommendations from the independent 2022 NSW Flood Inquiry, legislation was passed in NSW parliament on 17 November 2022 to establish the NSW Reconstruction Authority, which would be dedicated to disaster recovery, reconstruction and preparedness.
The new Authority would be set up as a statutory body reporting to the Minister for Planning and would focus on better preparing NSW communities against future disasters, building more resilient places, and protecting lives and property.
View FAQs - NSW Reconstruction Authority (PDF, 86 KB)
View the NSW Reconstruction Authority bill passed media release.
Keeping our communities safe
Significant flood events like those in 2022 show the importance of managing flood risk in land use planning. This will build resilience in communities located on floodplains and reduce the extent of property damage and potential loss of life from severe to extreme flooding throughout NSW.
The department works closely with other agencies, such as Resilience NSW, NSW State Emergency Service, which is the lead combat agency for flood, storm and tsunami events, Northern Rivers Reconstruction Corporation and Infrastructure NSW, which leads the implementation of the Hawkesbury-Nepean Flood Risk Management Strategy.
Updated guidance for councils
The finalised flood-prone land package commenced on 14 July 2021.
The package provides advice to councils on considering flooding in land-use planning and includes:
- a revised 9.1 local planning direction on flooding (PDF, 460 KB)
- a new planning circular on flooding PS21-006
- a new guideline: Considering Flooding in Land Use Planning
- the Standard Instrument (Local Environmental Plans) Amendment (Flood Planning) Order 2021
- the Environmental Planning and Assessment Amendment (Flood Planning) Regulation 2021
- the State Environmental Planning Policy Amendment (Flood Planning) 2021.
To accompany the finalised package, a submission’s report is also available. The report summarises feedback received during exhibition and how that feedback was addressed in the final documents.
The updated guidance:
- supports better management of flood risk beyond the 1% annual exceedance probability
- ensures best management practices in managing and mitigating severe to extreme flood events
- builds greater resilience into communities in floodplains and reduces potential property damage and loss of life in recognition of increasing extreme flood events throughout NSW.
For further information about the changes:
- read our frequently asked questions (PDF, 150 KB)
- visit our planning portal to view all exhibited documents related to the proposed package.
If you have any queries, you can contact email@example.com.
Page last updated: 29/11/2022