Implementation of the NSW Coastal Management Framework – surveying the practitioner’s experience in 2021

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 NSW Coastal Council undertake a review of the implementation of the new Coastal Management Framework. Introduced in April 2018, the framework is designed to deliver a modern and integrated approach to coastal management. This presentation summarises feedback received from government and industry stakeholders in annual surveys (2019 and 2020) on the framework implementation. Successes and where improvements can be made to assist local and state governments realise long term integrated management of the NSW coast through Coastal Management Programs are presented along with the practical steps necessary to see the framework implemented and operational by December 2021.


A senior manager recognised for delivering high profile and award-winning programs in government and private sectors on coastal management, climate change adaptation, and digital planning systems. John is currently Secretary to the NSW Coastal Council, a statutory body providing independent expert advice to the Minister responsible for NSW Coastal Management Act.