Commission’s role in the formation of Local Land Services

In October 2012, the NSW Government announced amalgamation of the services of Catchment Management Authorities, Livestock Health and Pest Authorities and some of the then Department of Primary Industries extension services into one Local Land Services agency.

In 2013, the Government established an independent Stakeholder Reference Panel to guide the development of Local Land Services, and recommend the best model for the new Local Land Services agency.

Chaired by the then Natural Resources Commissioner, Dr John Keniry, the reference panel worked with community and stakeholder groups to identify how the new agency can best deliver valuable services to the people of rural and regional NSW.

Members of the reference panel included representatives from NSW Farmers, Australian Farm Institute, Livestock Health and Pest Authorities, Catchment Management Authorities, then Department of Primary Industries, NSW Shires Association, Landcare and Greening Australia.

In April 2013, the reference panel handed its recommendations to the then Minister for Primary Industries.

The NSW Parliament passed the Local Land Services Bill 2013 in June 2013, paving the way for 11 regional Local Land Services organisations to be operational in January 2014. The Local Land Services Act 2013 became fully operational in January 2014.

Commission’s work related to Local Land Services

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.

Some of the Commission’s work related to Local Land Services includes:

  • auditing performance of Local Land Services to deliver accountability of service delivery, drive improved performance, and engender community and investor confidence
  • reviewing State and local strategic plans with a view to recommend those plans for approval
  • providing other advice, as requested, such as developing a performance evaluation and reporting framework to best support the Local Land Services delivery model.