Regional Land Partnerships is investing $450 million over 5 years from July 2018 to June 2023, delivering national priorities at a regional and local level.
As the largest component of the National Landcare Program, this investment is being delivered through a reformed regional model that supports a range of projects contributing to four environment and two sustainable agriculture outcomes.
Projects are connecting efforts for the recovery of species identified under the Threatened Species Strategy, protecting threatened ecological communities, and reducing threats to our globally-important wetlands and world heritage sites. Projects are also improving on-farm soil, biodiversity and vegetation, and increasing the capacity of our farms to adapt to climate change and evolving market demands.
We are firmly committed to national coverage for the program, and as a result 50 service providers are engaged through to 2023 to deliver projects in 54 management units to benefit our environment, our farms, and our communities.
Separate arrangements are in place for the Torres Strait and Marine management units to support natural resource and environment projects, recognising the unique circumstances characterised by these areas.
Read the list of Regional Land Partnerships successful projects.
At least 20 per cent of the project budget in each management unit will be used for supporting on-ground projects and related activities that are delivered by, or directly engage with, the local landcare community.
Indigenous participation in the delivery of Regional Land Partnerships services and investment is a priority of the program. Each service provider must meet minimum standards for Indigenous procurement, contracting, and support Indigenous employment to deliver the services against set targets, consistent with the intent of the Australian Government’s Indigenous Procurement Policy.
The program continues support for Regional Agriculture Landcare Facilitators (previously Regional Landcare Facilitators) who, as individuals and as part of a national network, play a critical role in supporting farmers and industries achieve sustainable agricultural outcomes. Establishing and building partnerships with these key groups is also central to their role.
By using a competitive tender approach, the Australian Government can achieve greater clarity on what is being purchased and greater transparency in terms of reporting on services delivered and project outcomes. The Regional Land Partnerships Program is a significant investment in the context of a constrained fiscal environment, and value for money is a key requirement for the program.
Contained within this document are detailed evaluation plans for each of the six outcomes of the Regional Land Partnerships (RLP) component of the National Landcare Program. The aim of each plan is to create an approach that will support clear and effective reporting on achievements across the RLP.
Read the Regional Land Partnerships Evaluation Plan.
The Regional Land Partnerships Program Logic provides an overview of the Outcomes and Principles that underpin Regional Land Partnerships. A complete breakdown can be found on the Regional Land Partnership Program Logic page.
Read the Regional Land Partnerships Program Logic.
The Regional Land Partnerships Assurance Framework highlights a range of processes and approaches to ensure any risks to the successful delivery of the program are being effectively considered and managed through an identified suite of control measures. The Regional Land Partnerships Services Agreement (Appendix A at Schedule 6) outlines the roles and responsibilities of the Australian Government and the Service Providers in delivery of Services and associated assurance measures that underpin Regional Land Partnerships.
Read the Regional Land Partnerships Assurance Framework and Appendix A measures.
Monitoring, evaluation, reporting and improvement
The Australian Government is committed to demonstrating and accounting for intermediate and long term outcomes and improvements from its natural resource management investments. To deliver on this commitment, the Monitoring, Evaluation, Reporting and Improvement (MERI) of Regional Land Partnerships investments are outlined in the Regional Land Partnerships MERI Framework.
Read the Regional Land Partnerships Long-term Monitoring Program.