Funding review




Status:

Advice provided

Advice date:

April 2008 to November 2014

Summary

Catchment Action NSW is the NSW Government’s regionally-delivered project funding to address state natural resource management priorities. Since 2008, these funds have been allocated using the Commission’s six-stage decision-making process that uses multi-criteria analysis as a decision support tool. The process is transparent, repeatable, adaptable, and aims to maximise likely return on investment.

Catchment Action NSW funding allocation to LLS in 2015-16 and 2016-17

Following the establishment of Local Land Services in 2014, the Local Land Services Board of Chairs asked the Commission to review funding allocation best practice and identify options for future allocation of funds within Local Land Services.

Based on the then Office of Environment and Heritage's investment priorities and Local Land Services' investment principles, the Commission developed a high level allocation framework for the Catchment Action NSW funding. The framework consisted of two compenents:

  • Fixed strategic investment (80 percent) - allocation fixed over multiple years to provide base level funding continuity
  • Flexible strategic investment (20 percent) - allocation revised annually or biennially to reflect changing investor priorities and drive improved performance.

The Commission provided its final report in November 2014. The Commission recommended that through the fixed strategic investment stream, the majority of total funding be allocated using a multi-criteria analysis assessment framework. This funding stream should be fixed for at least the duration of Funding Agreement (until June 2017) if the priorities within the subsequent Funding Agreements remain unchanged.

In contrast, a smaller proportion of funding should be allocated more frequently via a flexible strategic investment stream. The Commission recommends that this assessment stream be revised annually or biennially to address bew investor priorities that may emerge. Improved Local Land Services performance will result in more cost-effective investment and better outcomes against the Funding Themes.

Catchment Action NSW funding allocation to LLS in 2014-15 and 2015-16

Through a ministerial request, the Minister for Primary Industries asked the Commission to recommend a funding profile for allocating Catchment Action NSW funds between Local Land Services in 2014-15 and 2015-16.

In September 2013, the Commission provided its final report recommending a funding profile. This profile was generated by inputting scores for the priorities and performance assessments into the multi-criteria analysis model that reflects the criteria and weightings within the assessment frameworks. The Commission also noted that a key risk within the funding allocation process is funding continuity from year to year. Changes to regional project funding may undermine project outcomes and community engagement.

Catchment Action NSW funding allocation to CMAs in 2013-14

Through a ministerial request, the Minister for Primary Industries asked the Commission to recommend a potential funding profile for allocationg Catchment Action NSW funding to CMAs for 2013-14, including the risks the Government should consider in making the final funding allocation decision.

In May 2013, the Commission provided its final report and recommended a funding profile with associated risks.

Catchment Action NSW funding allocation to CMAs in 2011-12 and 2012-13

Through a Terms of Reference, the NSW Government asked the Commission to recommend improvements to the six-stage decision making process, and recommend how the pool of Catchment Action NSW funding can be allocated between CMAs for 2011–12 and 2012–13.

In October 2010, the Commission provided its final report and recommended a funding profile with associated risks. The Commission also proposed changes to the multi-criteria decision making tool related to weightings, data sources and assessments.

Investment funding allocation to CMAs in 2008-09

Through a Terms of Reference, the NSW Government asked the Commission to provide advice on how available NSW investment funding should be allocated between CMAs in 2008-09.

The Commission applied the funding allocation process, developed in its earlier report, and identified two approaches for allocating new funding. The Government could either offset the Australian Government’s funding allocation decision with a view to provide better overall balance of funding (Option 1), or make its decision independently of the Australian Government (Option 2).

In March 2009, the Commission provided its final report and recommended that the NSW Government allocate funding to CMAs for 2008-09 to offset other sources of funding and so provide a better overall balance of funds (Option 1). However, the Government chose to adopt an independent approach to allocate new funding (Option 2).

Allocating NRM funding between CMAs

The NSW and Australian Governments negotiated joint funding for Catchment Management Authorities (CMAs) from
2008-09 to 2012-13 as part of the regional component of the Natural Heritage Trust 3 program.

Through a Terms of Reference, the Premier asked the Commission to provide advice on how the joint funding can be allocated to CMAs.

In April 2008, the Commission provided its final report and recommended a funding process for determining allocations to CMAs based on cross-regional investment priorities and CMA's effectiveness. The Commission used the six-stage decision making process.

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