The State Natural Resource Management Office (State NRM Office) was established by Cabinet in 2003. The Office works with the Western Australian and Australian Government to facilitate the coordinated delivery of natural resource management in Western Australia.
The State NRM Office reports directly to the WA NRM Ministerial Council.
See how funds have been spent through the State NRM Program to support natural resource management in Western Australia.
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Funding management and delivery
The State NRM Office is responsible for coordinating and supporting the delivery of the Western Australian Government State Natural Resource Management (NRM) Program.
The government has committed almost $70 million to the program since its inception in 2009.
Over 200 community groups and organisations, industry groups, local governments, schools and state agencies have achieved impressive results in their local environments with this support, and contributed more than $50 million in their own funds and effort.
Diverse environments - coastal and marine; agricultural, pastoral and urban; river and estuarine; natural bush; and wildlife sanctuaries - have been conserved and restored through the activities funded.
In May 2014, the Lead Minister for NRM Ken Baston announced $24 million in funding over three years from 2015/16 for the continuation of the State NRM Program. Eighty per cent of the funding will come from the state's Royalties for Regions program.
Planning and policy development
The State NRM Office provides independent advice on matters relating to planning and policy development to the WA NRM Ministerial Council. The Office is able to provide this advice from a whole of government viewpoint through its own personnel and through independent advisory bodies appointed by the Ministerial Council.
The State NRM Office provides executive support to the WA NRM Ministerial Council and any independent advisory bodies appointed by the Council.
The Office also provides executive support to the Council of Natural Resource Agency Chief Executives (CONRACE), the Director-Generals of Western Australian Government departments with natural resource management interests.
Establishing and maintaining partnerships
The State NRM Office is generally the first point of contact for natural resource management in Western Australia and is the primary source of information for the State NRM Program.
The Office plays a pivotal role in developing and maintaining relationships with community-based natural resource management groups, industry and volunteer networks, NGOs, indigenous groups, local and Australian Governments and Western Australian Government departments. The Office also acts as an advocate for Government programs and policy with these groups.
Specialist projects and initiatives
The State NRM Office is charged, from time to time, with the responsibility for managing cross-government priority natural resource management projects and initiatives approved by the WA NRM Ministerial Council.