The following information relates to the original MERIT user guide and other resources available in 2015. Later guides have been released for specific programs such as Environmental Stewardship Program (ESP) and the Regional Land Partnership (RLP) Program.
This guide contains the standard departmental guidance for legacy projects in MERIT.
MERIT user guide
Download the MERIT user guide
MERIT User Guide for NRM funding recipients and the public (PDF 3.22 MB) - 2016 Legacy
MERIT User Guide for NRM funding recipients and the public (DOCX 5.29 MB) - 2016 Legacy
Download the MERIT quick reference guide
This quick reference guide provides instructions on how to complete basic functions in MERIT. This guide is for those users with grant manager, administrator or editor permissions.
MERIT Quick Reference Guide (PDF 20.13 KB)
MERIT Quick Reference Guide (DOCX 577.91 KB)
The MERIT schema contains every field description, data use and type for each activity form. It also lists the outputs that are currently used for reporting.
MERIT Schema (PDF 1.45 MB)
MERIT Schema (DOCX 228.42 KB)
MERIT activity form selection
A number of tools are available to assist with the selection of activity forms in MERIT.
MERIT ready reckoner
A summary table of each activity, minimum data requirement (mandatory fields) and target measures (outputs).
MERIT Activities Ready Reckoner version 5 (PDF 576.33 KB)
MERIT Activities Ready Reckoner version 5 (DOCX 43.59 KB)
MERIT activity family tree
A one-page table demonstrating the temporal relationship between activities.
MERIT Activity Family Tree (PDF 213.72 KB)
Completing a project MERI plan
Guidance document on requirements of Project MERI plan and a link to an example plan.
Completing a Project MERI Plan (PDF 404.65 KB)
Completing a Project MERI Plan (DOCX 203.41 KB)
Australian Government vegetation assessment guide
This guide provides practical instructions for carrying out standard vegetation condition assessments for funded projects. It describes how to establish your vegetation condition monitoring sites in your project area, how to set up a transect and plot, or series of transects and plots, and how to record data on vegetation cover and exotic fauna. This is non-mandatory and provides an optional resource to funded projects, the method linked to the MERIT reporting form ‘Vegetation Assessment - Commonwealth government methodology’.
Vegetation Assessment Guide (PDF 3912 KB)
Vegetation Assessment Guide (DOCX 302 KB)
Frequently asked questions
MERIT Frequently asked questions (PDF 405.13 KB)
MERIT Frequently asked questions (DOCX 48.59 KB)