WaterNSW Portfolio Delivery Management Partner

WaterNSW Portfolio Delivery Management Partner

About the Portfolio Delivery Management Partner

WaterNSW has partnered with WaterSecure, a joint venture between KBR and Aurecon, to manage the planning and delivery of our large-scale water infrastructure portfolio. The first tranche of the portfolio alone includes over $1 billion in capital expenditure on new dams across NSW with a range of further projects under development.

Along with the knowledge and experience of WaterNSW, WaterSecure will provide additional expertise, technical sophistication and capacity to oversee the delivery of multiple major projects.


Over the last few years, NSW has been experiencing one of the most severe droughts on record across a vast geographical area. There have been extremely low inflows into our water storages across the state and dam levels in some parts of NSW have reached critically low levels. While rain in some areas has eased drought conditions, WaterNSW is continuing to plan water supply and drought resilience projects to ensure water security into the long term.

A comprehensive portfolio of critical water security projects is being developed by WaterNSW including the new and augmented dams recently announced by the NSW Government. It will also include new pipelines and weirs and improved water supply infrastructure across NSW.

In late 2019, WaterNSW sought organisations with capabilities in design, planning, project management, construction and a range of related services interested in participating in this significant opportunity to play a part in the planning and delivery of water assets throughout the state. WaterSecure was appointed following a highly competitive and rigorous tendering process.

Based on a concept similar to the one pioneered during preparations for the London Olympics, the business partnership will provide WaterNSW with the necessary increased capacity to deliver a range of major projects concurrently.

The portfolio

The Portfolio Delivery Management Partner approach is a major step forward in developing and delivering greater water security for communities across NSW.

A first tranche of major projects has already been announced by the NSW and Australian Governments in recent times. These include the first large-scale investments in dam building in NSW in decades.

New or upgraded dams will be built to increase storage capacity in key regions, including the Wyangala Dam Wall raising, the Dungowan Dam and the final business case for the Upper Mole River Dam.

Funding has been allocated for these projects and they will go ahead as the first major components of the portfolio.

Other projects in drought affected areas are in the advanced planning phase and more projects will be progressively added to the portfolio – these will be announced as they progress through the relevant approval and funding processes.


The portfolio of work includes projects to respond to the current drought and future proof against future droughts.

The projects and programs included in the portfolio will also boost local communities across NSW, with a focus on local jobs to support rural and regional economies throughout the state.

As part of the portfolio, WaterNSW is committed to ensuring there will be opportunities for local employment and local businesses in rural and regional areas near these large projects. More information on the Portfolio Delivery Management Partner is available in our fact sheet (PDF, 585.44 KB).

There will continue to be significant opportunities for industry, as it is intended that a number of panels for professional and specialist services will be set up by WaterNSW and WaterSecure. Planning for a number of projects in the portfolio is underway and WaterNSW expects major construction on projects will commence in 2021.

Contact us

To find out more, please contact WaterNSW via industrybriefing@waternsw.com.au


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