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Audit shows need for measurable outcomes

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."

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