Implementation of the NSW coastal management framework – surveying the practitioner’s experience

Mr John Hudson1

1NSW Dept of Planning, Industry and Environment., Sydney, Australia


In 2019 the Minister responsible for the NSW Coastal Management Act requested the Coastal Council undertake a review of the implementation of the Coastal Management Framework. Introduced in April 2018, the framework is designed to deliver a modern and integrated approach to coastal management. This paper summarises feedback received from practitioners on the framework implementation, noting successes and where improvements can be made to assist local and state governments realise long term integrated management of the NSW coast. The survey highlighted issues with the framework, and related impediments to preparation of new Coastal Management Programs (CMPs) by local government by 2021. The presentation explores the issues and identifies practical steps to be taken to see the framework fully implemented and operational by December 2021.


John is a  senior manager and coastal specialist recognised for delivering high profile and award-winning programs for government and private sectors on a range of topics including land use planning, coastal management, climate change adaptation, building regulation, digital planning systems and resource exploration. John is currently Secretary to the NSW Coastal Council, an independent statutory body providing advice to the NSW Minister responsible for on coastal management. He also is an independent expert advisor to the Victorian Government Digital Smart Planning Program.

Previous roles include Practitioner in Residence at the University of Sydney Halloran Trust, Director ePlanning & Sustainable Systems and Director Coastal & Urban Science with the NSW government and NSW member on the Australian Building Codes Board from 2009 -2014.