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The NSW Government supports sustainable and hazard-resilient communities through smart land use planning.


To support this, the department has developed the draft Natural Hazards package. This gives communities the tools to prepare for, manage and recover from extreme events – potentially saving lives and property.


The exhibition period for the draft Natural Hazards package has closed. We thank everyone who shared their feedback as we consider all submissions.


Proposed Natural Hazards package

The Natural Hazards package includes:

  • A draft Strategic Guide to Planning for Natural Hazards in NSW, which highlights the importance of considering natural hazards to reduce the impact they have on communities
  • A toolkit of resources to support the strategic planning process and help plan-making authorities find the information and data they need.


Draft Strategic Guide

The guide informs the preparation of regional, district and local strategic plans, planning proposals and other strategic planning activities, and:

  • Sets out eight guiding principles to inform land use planning decisions and manage natural hazard risk;
  • Identifies the natural hazards relevant to NSW that should be considered in strategic planning activities;
  • Explains key concepts related to natural hazard risk management;
  • Discusses at a high level, the connection to existing policies, acts, regulations, guidelines and responsibilities.


The guide is supported by a toolkit of resources to help plan-making authorities find relevant natural hazard data, risk management information, other guidance, case studies, standards and tools.


View the draft Guide


Feedback and updates

The proposed Natural Hazards package was exhibited from 28 April 2021 until 8 June 2021.


We are now considering all feedback and finalising the Natural Hazards package.



More information

If you have any questions about this project, please email the team.

Page last updated: 27/08/2021