About the Commission
The Natural Resources Commission (the Commission) is an independent body with broad investigating and reporting functions for the purposes of establishing a sound evidence basis for the properly informed management of natural resources in the social, economic and environmental interests of the State.
The Commission aims to be of service to the people of NSW through providing independent, evidence based advice and thought leadership to Government to secure triple bottom line outcomes in natural resource management.
To achieve the above purpose, the Commission’s strategic plan has established five strategic priorities:
- Independent advice on complex issues
- Oversight contested forestry issues
- Assurance in water planning and implementation
- Audit and other evaluations
- Corporate services and management excellence.
Established under the Natural Resources Commission Act 2003, the Commission has a general function of providing the Government with independent advice on natural resource management.
The general function is supported by specific functions, including:
- advising on strategic or investment priorities in natural resource management, as requested by the Minister
- undertaking audits and reviews of natural resource management issues, including audits and reviews relating to forestry or water management issues, and audits of compliance with Stat-wide standards and targets for natural resource management
- advising on program design for natural resource management, as requested by the Minister
- coordinating or undertaking significant natural resource and conservation inquiries and assessments, as requested by the Minister
- conducting audits of State and local strategic plans under the Local Land Services Act 2013, as requested by the Minister administering that Act
- assisting in the reconciliation of particular complex natural resource management issues, as requested by the Government
- recommending State-wide standards and targets for natural resource management
- advising on priorities for research concerning natural resource management issues, and arranging for information to be gathered and disseminated on natural resource management issues.
To best understand the nature of the complex issues we deal with, and develop credible and independent advice, the Commission:
- engages broadly in transparent collaborative approaches
- accesses the best available knowledge, including through the use of expert panels
- retains the highest quality people
- encourages continuous improvement and thought leadership
- utilises the Performance Standard for Local Land Services as a tool in our daily work.
People and leadership structure
The Commission is a part of the Planning and Industry Cluster, and the Commissioner reports to the Minister for Planning and Public Spaces.
The Commission comprises the Commissioner, who chairs the meetings, and any appointed Assistant Commissioners. The Executive Director attends all Commission meetings to present to the Commission. These positions are held by:
- Commissioner: Professor Hugh Durrant-Whyte
- Assistant Commissioner: Dr Neil Byron
- Assistant Commissioner: Ken Baxter
- Assistant Commissioner: Peter Cochrane
- Executive Director: Bryce Wilde
The Commissioner is responsible for making decisions related to governing the Commission and providing advice to Government. The Commission meets as required, which is typically once a month.
The Executive Director is responsible for the day-to-day leadership of the Commission’s programs, administration and financial affairs.
The Commission aims to offer a professional and helpful service to our customers and stakeholders. We will work to understand and respond to their needs, and provide opportunities for engagement. We will continually improve our service by welcoming suggestions and seeking feedback.
Our customer service goals
The Commission is committed to providing easy to access services and information to all our customers and stakeholders. We will:
- be accessible
- communicate clearly
- be accurate and consistent
- be responsive, completing actions in a timely manner
- be fair and impartial
- be professional and respectful
- be open and transparent
- listen and act on your feedback.
We value your feedback
We aim to continually improve the quality of services we provide and appreciate any feedback. Your feedback helps us to understand what is important to you and helps us to meet your needs. We will ensure that you can contact us in a way that suits you and aim to clearly explain our decisions and actions. You are most welcome to contact us to provide compliments, complaints or feedback.
How to contact us
Phone: (02) 9228 4844
Online form: See our Contact Us page