Reporting

The Victorian Government and CMAs produce a range of progress reports for the Victorian Waterway Management Program to meet the needs of various stakeholders. This helps ensure strong financial accountability and that agreed performance targets are met. Melbourne Water have different reporting and evaluation requirements than the other CMA waterway managers, which reflect their separate accountability to the Essential Services Commission.

Delivery and achievements of these regional waterway management programs are reported through a variety of documents, including:

  • Six monthly and annual project reporting by CMAs to DELWP;
  • Annual output reporting in state budget papers;
  • Annual delivery reporting required for programs funded by the Environmental Contribution;
  • CMA annual reports and corporate plans; and
  • Reporting related to specific initiatives, for example the Regional Riparian Action Plan.

Data from these reporting processes is also used to publicly communicate progress against state-wide targets for improving waterway health, as described in the Victorian Waterway Management Strategy; chapter 3.

At the mid point of the Victorian Waterway Management Strategy (2013-2020), all of the ten management outcome targets were exceeded or are on track (Table 1). This significant progress demonstrates what can be achieved through large scale investment in waterway and catchment health. This is revitalising entire waterways and improving habitat for our threatened species – like the Growling Grass Frog and Variegated Pygmy Perch.

Table 1: mid-term progress against targets in the Victorian Waterway Management Strategy 2013

Statewide progress against 2016 targets: Δ denotes target exceeded; ◊ denotes target on track:

Management outcome

Mid-term target

Mid-term progress

Final target

Area of improved riparian vegetation (hectares)

2730

28,115

Δ

5450

Area of improved wetland vegetation (hectares)

5780

18,903

Δ

7220

Number of sites with environmental water managed

53

265

Δ

70

Area of land managed for pest plant and animals (hectares)

29,400

76,879

Δ

42,800

Number of sites with improved instream habitat

92

413

Δ

168

Area of land with management agreements (hectares)

16,900

20,317

Δ

31,400

Number of community members with increased capacity

4190

15,167

Δ

7990

Number of sites with improved waterway knowledge

1280

1395

Δ

1920

% advice and approvals completed within statutory timeframes

95

89

95

% management activities undertaken on priority waterways (as defined in the regional waterway strategies)

70

67

70

Please note that Melbourne Water does not receive funding from government through the Victorian Waterway Management Program and its outcomes are not included in the progress table.

For more information, read the Victorian Waterway Management Strategy Mid-Term Progress Report (2013-2016) (PDF, 346.2 KB) or accessible version (DOCX, 4.7 MB).

Reporting is also used to highlight the great collaborative partnerships between regional agencies and stakeholders, including project highlights and achievements that have special value to local communities.

The Victorian Environmental Water Holder is required to report on when, where, how and why environmental water is used.

Information about the use, management and outcomes of environmental watering is outlined in the annual environmental watering booklet.

For copies of these reports go to Victorian Environmental Water Holder website.

Evaluation

Periodic assessment of management activities, regional programs and state-wide policy is required to determine their effectiveness, and of the Victorian Waterway Management Program as a whole. Assessment is undertaken in accordance with predetermined key evaluation questions and the information used to adapt management if required and achieve continuous improvement.

Page last updated: 22/03/19