Nature conservation

Parks, reserves and protected areas

Strategic plan


This strategic plan has been drafted by the Aboriginal Co-management Unit of OEH and amended based on discussion at the June 2009 meeting.

The Joint Management Custodians of NSW (the chairs of Aboriginal Joint Management Boards and Committees in NSW) met together for the first time in Taree on 25 and 26 March 2009. The chairs decided to meet on a regular basis and to form a group which can be formally recognised by the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) as a source of advice on joint management and as a formal part of OEH procedures with joint-managed parks.

OEH supports the aspirations of the chairs and acknowledges the substantial input and experience the group bring to joint management of parks in NSW. This draft strategic plan aims to define the role and aims of the group, including measurable outcomes for the two-year period.

OEH supports and will provide funding for the chairs to meet in June 2009 and then twice per financial year for the years 2009-2010. A review of the achievements and role of the chairs group will be undertaken after that time. At the end of each year the chairs and OEH will review the usefulness of holding the meetings, and the capacity of both Chairs and OEH to hold and attend the meetings.

The Aboriginal Co-management Unit will provide secretariat support for the chairs to meet and will assist and follow-up on actions as they relate to the responsibilities of the department.

The strategic plan

The Parks and Wildlife Group contributes to the OEH corporate plan through its land management programs and by recognising Aboriginal people as the traditional owners of the parks and reserves and building co-management partnerships with Aboriginal communities.

One of the outcomes of the OEH Corporate Plan is that:

Aboriginal participation in land, water and natural resource management and conservation increased

The purpose of the chairs strategic plan is:

  • to identify the priority issues which the chairs will share information on, exchange ideas about and identify problems and solutions
  • to provide a structured time frame from 2009-11 in which to action those issues.

Structured time frame from 2009 to 2011

Goals Priorities / actions Meeting schedule

1. For the Joint Management and Co Management arrangements in NSW to have a network and methods of communication

To establish a network for the Chairs and members of the group to share, learn and support each other

Recommendation to OEH from June 09 meeting on network and structure for NSW Joint Management Board Committee

OEH to provide response to proposed structure and whether group can be appointed as an Advisory Committee

October 2009 meeting

Establish a web page and communication network

October 2009

Find out what other boards and committees are doing and have a presentation from at least one joint management arrangement at each meeting

Standing item for each meeting from the host community

To send Chairs a package of publications on joint management


To include Chairs contact details to the mailing lists for existing OEH joint management newsletters


Develop communication strategies


Support each other through meetings and networking


Work with others boards and committees to strengthen Aboriginal joint management needs


Review membership of NSW Joint Management Group

September 2010
2. That all joint management, co management and partnership agreements be called joint management

Workshop what joint management really means

Done - definition agreed at June 2009 meeting see terms of reference

Agree on the definitions of the terms joint management and co management

Done - see terms of reference
3. Economic Development

Invite relevant Government agencies and OEH divisions to run a workshop or workshops at Chairs meetings

October 2009 meeting

Identify resources and assets of Aboriginal joint management

October 2009 meeting

Identify potential economic development opportunities and potential impediments to development

October 2009 meeting

Identify capacity building, planning and assessment needed to build those opportunities - Chairs to bring examples

October 2009 meeting

Aboriginal tour programs

October 2009

Improve OEH staff understanding on the aspirations of Aboriginal communities for economic development and use of land - strategies

March 2010 meeting
4. Improved employment for Aboriginal people working in co management

Each Chair to bring positive examples of employment initiatives and/or employment issues to share

March 2010 meeting

Long term outcomes for employment following education and strategies to achieve this

March 2010 meeting

Further employment for youth and the future of Aboriginal people who will deal with Aboriginal joint management and strategies for achieving this

March 2010 meeting

Position descriptions for joint managed parks - are changes needed?

March 2010 meeting
5. Funding

External grant information and processes

June 2009 meeting agreed on process for external grants information to be forwarded to Chairs

Update on relevant external grants programs

Standing item

Simple templates for financial reporting

October 2009
6. Increased use of Aboriginal language

Presentation of OEH Languages Policy

October 2009

Language training for OEH staff

October 2009

Language programs through culture camps and Discovery program - Chairs to bring examples and DECCW to bring examples from other areas

October 2009

Ask Aboriginal Language Research and Resource Centre to talk to Chairs about language programs?

October 2009
7. Cultural Activities

Each Chair to bring examples of cultural activities from their area

March 2010
8. Improved communication between Aboriginal community and DECCWstructured time frame from 2009-2011

For plain English to be used to communicate with the Aboriginal community and for this to be incorporated into advice to OEH staff.

Done. Included in Aboriginal Park Partnerships Manual.
9. Effective reporting from boards and committees to the Aboriginal community

Methods for boards and committees to report back and communicate with the Aboriginal community - Chairs to bring examples e.g. Newsletters, web page, annual meeting of community members etc

March 2010 meeting
10. Promotion of Aboriginal Joint Management

Dual badges

Done. Information provided to June 09 meeting on OEH signage manual.

OEH promotion of joint management and associated Aboriginal organisations - communication strategy

March 2010 meeting


March 2010 meeting
11. OEH consultation on OEH policies and programs

National Parks and Wildlife Act Amendment Bill 2009

Recommendations made to OEH at June 2009 meeting

EPRG Community Consultation Guidelines

Recommendation made to OEH at June 2009 meeting

Aboriginal Park Partnerships Manual and Aboriginal Park Partnerships Fact Sheets

Recommendations made to OEH at June 2009 meeting on manual. Fact Sheets to be circulated out of session.

New policies, projects and programs as relevant

Standing item
12. Training for Chairs

How to Chair a meeting and being an effective Chair

Park management system and OEH organisational processes and systems

Negotiation/facilitation skills,

Chairs running training for new Chairs on being a Chair

All meetings from March 2010 onwards
13. Improved administrative processes for boards and committees

Consistency in payment of sitting fees for board and committee members state-wide e.g. payments for less than half a day, what is considered to be Board and Committee business, etc. Input into DPC review of the Guidelines for Remuneration of Boards and Committees.

October 2009 meeting

Consistency in payment of travel costs for board and committee members state-wide, vehicle usage and mileage allowance

October 2009 meeting

Issue of having to have comprehensive car insurance for board and committee members to claim travel allowance

June 2009 meeting noted and agreed with proposed OEH policy on exemptions from requirement for comprehensive insurance

Appointments to the boards and committees, vacancies and the role of deputy's

June 2009 meeting made recommendations to OEH on legislative changes so that deputies are appointed to vacant positions for the remainder of the term
14. Evaluation of Aboriginal joint management

External evaluation of Aboriginal joint management - methods and terms of reference

March 2010 meeting
15. Other issues

Discussion with DAA about Two Ways Together, Regional Engagement Groups and Community Governance Bodies and role of joint management boards/committees in these processes

March 2010 meeting
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