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Commercial dredging best practice 

Published 15 February 2023 Implement the outcomes of the audit commercial dredging in estuaries that identified and recommended actions to improve licencing conditions and related environmental outcomes.
content image Commercial dredging operations at Boambee Beach, Coffs Harbour.


The audit will review commercial dredging and sand extraction approvals within the NSW marine estate. The information collected will include the:

  • number of licences issued
  • location of licenced activities
  • type and volume of material extracted
  • extraction rate
  • term of licence
  • terms of approval
  • environmental monitoring requirements.

The audit will identify approvals that are redundant or inconsistent with contemporary legislation. It will also identify ways to streamline the approval process under the Crown Land Management Act 2016 and improve monitoring, compliance and enforcement activities across agencies.



Local government areas - Statewide

Lead agency

Department of Planning and Environment – Crown Lands


  • Department of Primary Industries – Fisheries
  • Department of Planning and Environment – Water
  • Department of Planning and Environment – Environment, Energy and Science
  • Department of Planning and Environment – Planning and Assessment
  • Department of Planning and Environment – NSW Environment Protection Authority

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