Several types of reporting are required to meet consistent, accountable and effective needs. Melbourne Water have different reporting and evaluation requirements than the other 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 used to publicly communicate progress against state-wide targets for improving waterway health, as described in the Victorian Waterway Management Strategy, chapter 3. This progress is described through the 'Report Card' series, with previous reports released in 2005 and 2010.
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 also 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
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.