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Environment, land and water

Find information about air quality, coastal management, national parks, native animals and plants, climate and weather. Learn how to reduce household waste, recycle more and report pollution to help protect the environment.

Water restrictions currently apply

Level 1 water restrictions apply in Sydney, the Blue Mountains and the Illawarra and for all properties connected to Hunter Water.

Water restrictions

Have your say on the 2019-20 bushfire season

Submissions are welcome from bushfire-affected residents, emergency and support personnel, organisations and the general public. Submissions close 22 May 2020.

NSW Bushfire Inquiry

Air quality

Check current air quality, learn about air quality monitoring, air pollution and how to protect your health.

Climate, weather and safety

Check current weather warnings, find information about climate change and advice on how to stay safe during times of fire, flood or storms.

Coasts, waterways and marine

Information about getting a boat, mooring or fishing licence, beach water pollution, marine protected areas, wetlands, estuaries and coastal management.

Environmental grants and awards

Find environmental grants for schools and communities, awards for innovation in sustainability and prizes for excellence in scientific research.

Environmental protection, waste and recycling

How to reduce household waste, recycle more and prevent litter and illegal dumping. Report noise, air and water pollution to protect the environment.

Land and soil

Information about regional land services, soils, land management, Crown land and geodiversity in NSW.

National parks and protected areas

Learn about the NSW national parks system, how parks are managed, fire management in parks and licences for commercial activities in parks and reserves.

Plants and animals

Explore NSW's native plants and animals, learn about our threatened species program, apply for wildlife licences and find information about pest animals and weeds.

Water use and monitoring

Find information about water restrictions, drinking water quality, water licensing, water management and water for the environment.

NSW bushfire clean-up

The NSW Government and the Commonwealth are covering the full cost of cleaning up eligible NSW properties that have been destroyed by bushfires since 1 July 2019.

Both insured and uninsured properties used for residential, small business or primary production purposes are eligible for the clean-up program.

Trained and licensed contractors will determine the safety requirements and the eligibility of properties.


A firefighter battling a bushfire

Latest news

Stronger protection for Sydney’s water catchment following extensive review

Better protections, stronger assessment and more environmental offsets will ensure Sydney’s drinking water supply is safeguarded, following an extensive review by an independent expert panel.
Warragamba Dam in Sydney NSW Australia

Water flows into Menindee Lakes

Water from the February rains has flowed to dry NSW outback lakes, with more relief expected to follow.
Water flow at Menindee Lakes after February 2020 rain

Extra funding to help wildlife rehabilitators

Up to $1 million will be allocated to help volunteer wildlife rehabilitators rescue and recover injured native animals affected by the current NSW bushfires and drought conditions.
two rescued red kangaroo joeys
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