RMCG was engaged by the Natural Resources Commission (NRC) to conduct a stage one audit of Local Land Services’ (LLS) implementation of major reforms. The reforms, implemented in response to the 2014 report of the Independent Biodiversity Legislation Panel concluded that fundamental and transformational change to the system was needed to ensure biodiversity was conserved, and sustainable development supported.
Addressing the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016 (NSW), the reforms comprise of a broad range of actions across Government that contribute to biodiversity conservation. The new Land Management Framework is administrated by LLS, with a focus on the Sustainable Land Management Group (SLMG), which provides extension and support to landholders.
As part of the stage one audit RMCG identified and reviewed SLMG’s processes, systems, records and guidelines, as well as their capability to provide accurate, consistent and timely advice. The final report to the Minister provided evidence-based insights for the SLMG to improve implementation.