Integrated catchment management is an important strategy in achieving sustainability.
In Victoria, integrated catchment management (ICM) underpins sustainable management of land and water resources and contributes to biodiversity management.
Victoria's integrated catchment management system is established under the Catchment and Land Protection Act 1994 (the CaLP Act).
Victoria is divided into 10 catchment regions, each with a catchment management authority (CMA).
Under the Water Act 1989, CMAs have management powers over regional waterways, floodplains, drainage and environmental water.
The map below shows Victoria's catchment management regions. Quick view of CMA regions [PDF File - 977.6 KB]
Further Information on integrated catchment management in Victoria
A series of fact sheets have been developed to further explain integrated catchment management in Victoria.
They cover a range of topics – from a quick overview of Victoria's catchment management framework to CMAs and the Victorian Catchment Management Council. They also include the role of monitoring, evaluation and reporting, the legislative and policy framework for ICM, an overview of waterway
management in Victoria and the Our Catchments, Our
Fact sheet 1: Overview of
Victoria's Catchment Management Framework [PDF File - 439.4 KB] [MS Word Document - 1.1 MB]
Fact Sheet 2: Catchment Management
Authorities [PDF File - 474.2 KB] [MS Word Document - 1.5 MB]
Fact Sheet 3: Victorian
Catchment Management Council [PDF File - 412.3 KB] [MS Word Document - 218.2 KB]
Fact Sheet 4: Monitoring,
Evaluation and Reporting – Roles and Responsibilities for Reporting [PDF File - 530.3 KB] [MS Word Document - 518.3 KB]
Fact Sheet 5: Legislative and
Policy Framework for Integrated Catchment Management [PDF File - 543.5 KB] [MS Word Document - 128.7 KB]
Fact Sheet 6: Overview of
Waterway Management in Victoria [PDF File - 388.5 KB] [MS Word Document - 207.5 KB]
Sheet: Our Catchments, Our Communities
Integrated Catchment Management in Victoria 2016- 19 [PDF File - 816.0 KB] [MS Word Document - 2.2 MB]
The CMA structure
The structure of a CMA is designed to maximise community involvement in decision-making. This structure comprises of:
- board members who are responsible for developing strategic direction for land and water management in their region and set priorities, evaluate the effectiveness of outcomes, monitor the external and internal environment and identify opportunities.
committees who act as conduits for local community input, and are responsible for the development of detailed work programs and the oversight of on-ground program delivery for specific issues or sub-catchments
- staff working to support the board and implementation committees to oversee development and implementation of programs and liaise with the community, government and other catchment-focused organisations.
Catchment management principles
Six principles govern catchment management throughout Victoria:
- Sustainable development – Victoria's whole-of-catchment approach to natural resource management aims to deliver social, economic and environmental outcomes for the community and reduce our ecological footprint.
- Community empowerment – Catchment management is a partnership between community and government. Planning and implementation of natural resource management programs should maximise opportunities for community engagement.
- Integrated management – Management of natural resources should recognise the links between land and water and that the management of one can impact on the other.
- Targeted investment – Government and community need to target resources to address priorities and deliver maximum on-ground benefits.
- Accountability – Decision-making in natural resource management should be clearly accountable to government and the community, both in a financial sense and for biophysical outcomes.
- Administrative efficiency – To maximise results, catchment management structures should facilitate more efficient procedures and practices.
Statement of obligations
Water Act 1989
The CMA Statement of Obligations – October 2006 specifies government expectations of CMAs in performing their functions and exercising their powers under the Water Act, to achieve integrated and sustainable catchment management.
CMA Statement of Obligations [PDF File - 102.0 KB]
Catchment and Land Protection Act
The CMA Statement of Obligations – July 2007 specifies Government expectations of CMAs in performing their functions and exercising their powers under the Catchment and Land Protection Act.
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