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Councils & committees

Three government and one main non-government group influence natural resource management policy making in Western Australia (WA). These are:

 

 

Contact us if you have questions regarding the government councils and groups.

 

WA NRM Ministerial Council

The WA NRM Ministerial Council sets policy and program direction for natural resource management issues at the State level. The Council provides direction and decision making on strategic natural resource management issues across portfolios, negotiates with the Western Australian and Australian Governments on natural resource management issues and makes recommendations to Cabinet on State NRM Program funding.

The Council is chaired by the lead Minister for natural resource management, the Minister for Agriculture and Food, and its members are:

  • Minister for Agriculture and Food (chair)
  • Minister for the Environment
  • Minister for Water and Forestry
  • Minister for Fisheries

CONRACE

The Council of Natural Resource Agencies Chief Executives (CONRACE) is made up of Director-Generals from the Western Australian Government's lead natural resource management departments.

CONRACE supports and advises the WA NRM Ministerial Council to ensure that State natural resource management priorities are addressed. CONRACE also has a role in ensuring cross-department collaboration on a number of key issues that influence natural resource management in Western Australia.

CONRACE consists of the Directors-General of the following Western Australian Government departments:

  • Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (chair)
  • Department of Fisheries
  • Department of Indigenous Affairs
  • Department of Parks and Wildlife
  • Department for Planning
  • Department of Water
  • Forest Products Commission

NRM Senior Officers Group

The Natural Resource Management Senior Officers Group (NRM-SOG) consists of the Executive Directors (or equivalent) from Western Australian Government departments involved in natural resource management activities.

NRM-SOG provides inter-departmental leadership on natural resource management issues and helps coordinate issues that involve several departments and regional delivery across Western Australia. The group also develops inter-departmental strategic policy on issues relating to natural resource management and provides advice to Chief Executives.

The NRM-SOG is supported by the State NRM Office and is represented by directors from the following departments:

  • Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (chair)
  • Department of Fisheries
  • Department of Parks and Wildlife
  • Department for Planning
  • Department of Premier and Cabinet
  • Department of Water
  • Department of Treasury and Finance (Ex-officio member)
  • Forest Products Commission
  • Swan River Trust

 

NRM WA

Formerly the NRM Regional Leaders Group, NRM WA operates as an independent, non-Government body representing the seven regional natural resource management organisations in Western Australia. The group aims to build strong relationships between key natural resource management stakeholders and provide effective advice, guidance and local insight into natural resource management issues and policy development at all levels of Government.

The group brings together a high level of knowledge and expertise, giving them the capacity to collaboratively investigate the potential for cross-regional and state-wide initiatives, programs and projects. It also improves the sharing of knowledge, systems and practices between regional natural resource management organisations and encourages greater collaboration and knowledge sharing between other key stakeholder groups.

For more information visit NRM WA