About the Commission

New South Wales relies on rich and diverse land and water resources to sustainably support environmental health, communities and major industries such as agriculture, mining, tourism, fisheries and forestry.

Natural resource management is about how communities work together to adapt to changing conditions and how they cooperatively manage the landscape to maintain benefits and create opportunities for the long term.

Our purpose

The Natural Resources Commission (the Commission) is an independent body that helps the NSW Government improve efficiency, production, biodiversity and community well-being through:

  • independent advice - developing credible, evidence-based and practical solutions to resolve natural resource management challenges
  • accountability and assurance – delivering independent oversight and assurance to investors and the community though performance audits, evaluations and planning reviews
  • brokering and mediation – providing cut-through options and negotiating solutions for contested issues in a challenging institutional environment where stakeholders hold different views.

Our work

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 Commission’s general advisory 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, forest assessments and reviews of water sharing plans
  • evaluating trials of new Government initiatives – for example, supplementary pest control in national parks
  • promoting and enabling best practice – for example, setting standards and targets.

The Commission draws on best available data, expert opinion, and views of the community and stakeholders in developing its advice.

Our 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.

Contact us

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