Get Adobe Flash player
Resources & Publications Policies & Position Statements

The "Stormwater Levy" known correctly as the Stormwater Management Service Charge, came into being in 2006.

The SIA, along with several State Government Departments, recognised that the major problem with stormwater management was the funding of it.  It needed a sustainable funding source, available to Councils to manage their stormwater.


The Stormwater Management Service Charge allows Councils to charge up to $25 per household per year, and these funds must be spent on the management of stormwater.

It can be spent on the following:

  • implimenting Council's Stormwater Management Plan

  • installing new GPTs, wetlands, WSUD solutions, devices, etc

  • addressing flooding, and water quantity control

  • asset renewal and auditing of stormwater assets (both conveyance and treatment)

  • maintenance of GPTs and other treatment solutions

  • Stormwater Harvesting and search for "Stormwater Management Service Charge to find the guidelines and FAQ pages.

FileFile size
Download this file (06-47 - Stormwater Guidelines.pdf)06-47 - Stormwater Guidelines.pdf303 Kb

Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) is the evolution of stormwater management in Australia. 

In previous years, the focus was more on flooding, then it changed to wetlands and water quality.  Most stormwater infrastructure was large and end-of-line.  It was put in place to address the problems that stormwater was causing.  But in the last two decades, the focus has shifted from thinking of stormwater as a problem to thinking of it as a resource.

Read more...

The NSW Stormwater Industry Association strongly supports Stormwater Harvesting as a viable and sustainable method to provide "Fit for Purpose" water. 

The most "Sustainable" we can be as a society is to catch the water coming from our roads and roofs, treat it, store it and use it. 

At present, billions of litres of stormwater is lost every year.  But many Councils and other organisations are taking steps to rectify this.  They are looking at their urban areas with a new vision.  In the past our industry has mainly been focused on flooding and water quality, but now there is a new focus that is finally recieving the attention it deserves.

Read more...