The statewide outcomes framework was developed to support a consistent approach for Regional Catchment Strategy outcomes and related monitoring, evaluation and reporting.

The framework enables Victorian Catchment Management Authorities (CMA) to demonstrate how regional outcomes align with statewide policies and outcomes, improving the way that RCSs reinforce, promote and support government policy and objectives.

The outcomes framework is consistent with the Department of Premier and Cabinet’s ‘Outcome Architecture’ hierarchy by having a core set of themes and associated long-term outcomes in all RCSs. Additional regionally derived outcomes and outcome indicators are at the discretion of each CMA.

What is the framework based on?

It is based on the following assumptions:

  • The RCS is a high-level strategy - it focuses on the vision for the catchment, and the desired long-term outcomes.
  • The RCS is a place-based strategy – it articulates the vision of the catchment community and reflects community priorities.
  • The RCS delivers integrated catchment management (ICM) – actions can contribute to many outcomes (a linear attribution between outcomes and a government outcome or target cannot be assumed).
  • The outcomes framework is not an accountability framework – accountability for delivery of strategy outcomes is aligned to the investment mechanisms (e.g. corporate plans, projects and programs) that government utilises to fund delivery.

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Page last updated: 18/03/22