Review of Catchment Action NSW funding to Local Land Services

Final report - Mid-term review of Catchment Action NSW funding to Local Land Services
(November 2015)

The Office of Environment and Heritage appointed the Natural Resources Commission (the Commission) to carry out a mid-term review of Local Land Services’ delivery of Catchment Action NSW funding in 2014-15.

The Commission has now finalised its report.

Overall, the Commission found that:

  • Local Land Services are delivering projects that align with a broad interpretation of the funding themes under the agreement - biodiversity conservation, threatened species, Aboriginal cultural heritage and native vegetation management

  • an assessment of Local Land Services project plans against the Performance Standard for Local Land Services indicates they are likely to be delivering the intended outcomes

  • several barriers and transitional issues at the state level including Local Land Services’ organisational immaturity, lack of effective risk management and limited communication with regions, prevented Local Land Services from fully meeting the intent of the Catchment Action NSW program in 2014-15. Despite these constraints, Local Land Services have the capacity to fully deliver on the intent of the program in coming years, providing they continue to work with the Office of Environment and Heritage to clarify investment and reporting expectations, improve state-scale communication and reporting processes, and make ongoing improvements to regional project planning and quality assurance.

The Commission recommended that ongoing risks to successful delivery of Catchment Action NSW funding can be addressed through the opportunities for improvement identified in the report.

The Commission has drawn on a range of evidence to inform its findings, including review of relevant documentation, interviews with the Office of Environment and Heritage and Local Land Services representatives, and assessment of 25 sample project plans drawn from the Central West, Hunter and Northern Tablelands Local Land Services regions.