Monitoring, reporting and evaluation enables the Reef Trust to meet its obligations to report by outcomes, account for the use of public funds and enable continuous project and program improvement.
Reef Trust investments are delivered by trusted and experienced delivery partners who are selected in line with relevant frameworks. They must report on their project’s performance every six months and take an adaptive approach to managing project delivery.
Performance of on-ground activities contributing to the targets set in the Reef 2050 Plan are reported every six months through the online monitoring, evaluation, reporting and improvement tool (MERIT). An overview of the Reef Trusts progress and achievements by project are available on MERIT.
The impacts of Reef Trust investments are reported, where appropriate, through the Australian and Queensland Government funded Paddock-to-Reef program. Its annual Great Barrier Reef Report Card assesses the current state and trends in water quality entering the Reef as well as an overview of marine condition which includes seagrasses and corals. This information is available at: Tracking progress.
The Reef Trust Monitoring and Reporting Plan outlines the Monitoring, Evaluation, Reporting and Improvement (MERI) approach and the responsibilities of Reef Trust funding recipients and the Australian Government. The plan is regularly reviewed and updated.
This plan is based on the Australian Government Natural Resource Management Monitoring, Evaluation, Reporting and Improvement Framework and should be read in conjunction with the various Reef Trust program guidelines which provide further details on the specific program requirements.