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Audit shows need for measurable outcomes.



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SENATOR RACHEL SIEWERT AUSTRALIAN GREENS SENATOR FOR WESTERN AUSTRALIA

AUDIT SHOWS NEED FOR MEASURABLE OUTCOMES

7th Feb 08

The release of a report by the Auditor General’s Office today foregrounds ongoing concerns with the

lack of accountability for delivering outcomes of major environment and land care programs.

"We need to be able to clearly demonstrate that the large amounts of money spent on the National

Heritage Trust (NHT) and the National Action Plan on Salinity and Water Quality (NAP) are achieving

measurable land management and environmental outcomes," said Senator Siewert today.

"Without measurable outcomes, how can we be confident that the upcoming third round of NHT will

change things for the better?"

"These accountability problems are not new and there have been several reports since the inception

of NHT in 1996 that have raised these concerns," said Senator Siewert.

Senator Siewert pointed to the Salinity Investment Framework developed in WA as an example of

the way in which clear and measurable outcomes can be put in place for environmental and land

management outcomes.

"Over the last decade Australia has spent a lot of money. Without a more effective approach to

reporting outcomes and evaluating success we simply don’t have the information we need to

continually improve land management practices and strategically target the best outcomes."