Natural Resource Management

2015 NRM Review

In 2015 the Tasmanian Government reviewed the effectiveness of Tasmania's two principal instruments for natural resource management 

The review's findings and recommendations are outlined in the 2015 NRM Review Final Report.

What is Natural Resource Management?

Natural resource management is fundamentally about people. The success of natural resource management is ultimately determined by the level of community involvement and the adoption of ecologically sustainable practices across the community.

The term natural resources refers to a broad spectrum of environmental assets including 
  • air
  • water
  • land
  • plants
  • animals
  • micro-organisms

Individual assets are not isolated but are linked together to form natural systems of varying scale including 
  • rivers
  • lakes
  • wetlands
  • estuaries 
  • coasts
  • forests
  • fields
  • geological systems

Natural resource management reflects these linkages within and between natural systems. It integrates the management of social, economic and environmental values by involving the community and industry in planning and decision making.

Natural Resource Management in Australia

Natural Resource Management has been fostered and developed in Australia over the past two decades by a number of Government programs, both Commonwealth and State, and through regional and local initiatives.

Funding assistance and support has been directed to hundreds of natural resource management projects and has encouraged broad community involvement: marshalling the commitment of community groups, land holders and land managers, all three tiers of government, and bodies dedicated to NRM program delivery. 

View the Australian Government's NRM web site

Tasmanian NRM Framework and Legislation

Tasmania has adopted an approach to natural resource management that aims at bringing together 
  • industry
  • resource users
  • land managers
  • conservation interests

The Tasmanian Natural Resource Management Framework 2002 and the Natural Resource Management Act 2002, provide a structure and mechanisms for delivering effective management of natural resources in the State.

NRM Regions Tasmania

NRM North
NRM Cradle Coast
NRM South

NRM State Government Contacts

For general information about the Tasmanian Natural Resource Management Framework, contact the Policy and Conservation Advice Branch of the Natural and Cultural Heritage Division.


Dr Alice Morris
Acting Section Head (Policy)
Policy & Conservation Advice Branch
Natural and Cultural Heritage Division
134 Macquarie Street
Hobart TAS 7000
Phone: 03 6165 4414

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