Salinity Investment Framework (2003 & 2006)

The Salinity Investment Framework (SIF) comes in two parts, Phase I and Phase II.

The development of the Salinity Investment Framework (SIF) was commissioned by the State Salinity Council in 2000 to guide public investment in salinity management initiatives at State, regional and catchment levels. The aims of the SIF are (a) to improve the cost-effectiveness of public investment in salinity management by directing funds to projects with the best potential to protect assets of high public value and (b) to consider strategies for supporting salinity management where direct investment in on-ground works cannot be justified.

Phase I of the SIF project was conducted from March 2002 with the results being published in an Interim Report in October 2003. Phase I developed an asset identification and prioritisation process and then used this to identify salinity-threatened assets of high importance at a state level within the following classes - biodiversity, water resources, agricultural land, rural infrastructure and social.

A key recommendation from Phase I was that a Phase II of the SIF project was necessary to identify investment priorities through further analysis of the asset priorities identified in Phase I. This recommendation was endorsed; Phase II followed directly from Phase I.