About the Commission


The Natural Resources Commission (the Commission) provides credible, high quality, independent advice to the NSW Government on managing natural resources to improve productivity, biodiversity, biosecurity, and community well-being across the State.

Strategic priorities

To achieve the above purpose, the Commission’s strategic plan has established three strategic priorities:

  • Independent advice: Developing evidence-based practical solutions and thought leadership to resolve natural resource management challenges.
  • Brokering and mediation: Providing cut-through options and negotiating solutions for contested issues in a challenging institutional environment where stakeholders hold different views.
  • Accountability and assurance: Delivering independent oversight and assurance to investors and the community though standards, performance audits, evaluations and planning reviews.


Established under the Natural Resources Commission Act 2003, the Commission has a general function to advise the Premier and Ministers on natural resource management. The general function is supported by specific functions, including:

  • auditing, evaluating and reviewing plans, programs and organisational performance – for example, auditing performance of Local Land Services
  • reviewing complex, scientific and policy issues under legislation or as requested by Government – for example, reviewing pest animal management, water sharing plans and conducting forest assessments
  • evaluating trials of new Government initiatives – for example, evaluating supplementary pest control in national parks
  • promoting and enabling best practice – for example, setting standards and targets.

The Commissioner reports to the Premier, reflecting our independence and whole-of-government perspective. However, many of the issues we deal with are of more significance and visibility to other Ministers and stakeholders.

The Commission is only one source of potential advice for Government. To best understand the nature of complex issues we deal with, we use transparent collaborative approaches, access the best-available knowledge, retain the highest quality people and encourage innovation.

People and leadership structure

The Commission comprises the Commissioner, who chairs the meetings, and any appointed Assistant Commissioners. The Executive Director attends all Commission meetings to present to the Commission. These positions are held by:

The Commissioner is responsible for making decisions related to governing the Commission and providing advice to Government. The Commission meets as required, which is typically once a month.

The Executive Director is responsible for the day-to-day leadership of the Commission’s programs, administration and financial affairs.

Governance charter
Executive structure

Customer service charter

Committed to our service goals

In our dealings with you, we will:

  • be accessible
  • communicate clearly
  • be accurate and consistent
  • be responsive, completing actions in a timely manner
  • value and encourage feedback, driving continual improvement.

Our actions will be:

  • fair and impartial
  • professional
  • respectful
  • accountable
  • transparent.
We value your feedback

We aim to continually improve the quality of services we provide and appreciate any feedback you may have about our services. We encourage you to provide feedback to the Commission directly, or our website.

When we get something wrong, we encourage you to let us know. We will try to resolve any problem quickly, explaining what we have done and why.

For more information or making a complaint, you may access our complaints policy.