The North East CMA has responsibilities under several Victorian Acts, standing directions and other guiding documents. This page provides information on key obligations.
Catchment and Land Protection Act 1994
Catchment Management Authorities were established under the Catchment and Land Protection Act 1994. This Act details specific natural resource management functions which each CMA is required to undertake as well as outlining governance requirements specific to CMAs. The Minister has issued a Statement of Obligations under the Catchment and Land Protection Act setting out these responsibilities.
Statement of Obligations - Catchment Land Protection Act 1994
The Catchment and Land Protection Act 1994 can be accessed online in its entirety from the Victorian Legislation Website.
Water Act 1989
In addition to the Catchment and Land Protection Act 1994, the Water Act 1989 details additional natural resouce management functions which CMAs are required to undertake. The Minister has issued a Statement of Obligations under the Water Act setting out these responsibilities.
Statement of Obligations - Water Act 1989
The Water Act 1989 can be accessed online in its entirety from the Victorian Legislation Website.
Notice of making of the By-Law No. 2014/01 Waterways Protection North East Catchment Management Authority
By-law No 2014-01 Waterways Protection.pdf
The Complaints handling procedure provides guidance on the types of complaints which can and cannot be received by North East CMA, how to lodge different types of complaints, and review rights should the process followed or the outcome of a complaint not be satisfactory.
Complaints handling procedure
Privacy complaint form
Public Interest Disclosure Act 2012
In certain circumstances a complaint of corrupt or improper conduct by a public officer or body, may be a protected disclosure under the Public Interest Disclosure Act 2012. If you have a disclosure about corrupt or improper conduct by an employee of the North East CMA or by the North East CMA, you can only make that disclosure to IBAC (the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission), and not to the North East CMA. You can make that disclosure:
- in person
- in writing (including using IBAC complaint forms or by post)
- by telephone
- via email
The link below will take you direct to IBAC's website where you can find out more about Public Interest Disclosures including what constitutes a Public Interest Disclosure, what the Public Interest Disclosure Act 2012 does, and how to make a Public Interest Disclosure. www.ibac.vic.gov.au/report-corruption-or-misconduct/protected-disclosure
The North East CMA's internally endorsed Public Interest Disclosure Policy and Procedures are available below:
Public Interest Disclosures Act Policy
Public Interest Disclosures Act Procedures
Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Vic)
The Freedom of Information (FOI) Act 1982 (Vic) gives you the right access information in the public sector which is about you and your affairs, or about the activities of government agencies. It also grants the right for you to correct any incorrect or misleading information about you. For information on the FOI process including a request form template, please visit https://ovic.vic.gov.au/freedom-of-information/for-the-public/.
To ensure your FOI request is valid, you must:
- Put it in writing. We can receive your request in hardcopy or by email to the addresses below.
- Ask for documents, and ensure you provide enough information about those documents for us to be able to find them.
- Pay the application fee, or ask that it be waived due to hardship (evidence of hardship will be required). EFT details are available on request.
From 1 July 2021, the FOI application fee is $30.10.
Under the FOI Act, North East CMA provides the two statements below regarding the types of documents, and some specific documents, which are available for inspection or purchase at our head office.
Section 8 Statement - Part II Freedom of Information Act 1982
Section 11 Statement - Part II Freedom of Information Act 1982
FOI requests to NECMA should be sent to:
The FOI Officer
PO Box 616
Wodonga, Victoria 3689
Phone 1300 216 513
Gifts, Benefits and Hospitality
North East CMA, as a public sector organisation, is bound by the Victorian Public Sector Commission's (VSPC) values which include integrity, impartiality and accountability, among others.
To ensure the highest standards of behaviour are adhered to by our staff and board members, our Gifts, Benefits and Hospitality policy details the responsibilities of all staff and board members in relation to gifts, benefits and hospitality, including recording any instances of such offers and the action taken in response to those offers.
Gifts, Benefits and Hospitality Policy
NECMA Gifts, Benefits and Hospitality Register