NRM Regions Australia has formed partnerships with a number of key networks and organisations.

Clare Martin (Chair of Territory NRM acting as NRM Regions Australia representative) and Peter Bridgewater (Chair of the National Landcare Network) signing an addendum to the NRM/NLN Statement of Common purpose at the 2018 National Chairs’ Forum in Darwin.


The National Landcare Network (NLN) was formed to be a representative voice for the tens of thousands of Australians who freely give their time to care for our lands and waters. It is run by a Board and an advisory council, both of which are made up of volunteers from across the country.

At the 2018 National Chairs' Forum in Darwin, an addendum to the NRM/NLN Statement of Common purpose was signed by Peter Bridgewater, Chair  of the National Landcare Network, and Clare Martin (Chair of Territory NRM acting as NRM Regions Australia representative).

This addendum was a re-affirmation of the 2012 Memorandum of Understanding between NRM Regions Australia and the National Landcare Network (NLN) that set out a common objective to:

Foster communities that are aware, engaged and active in ensuring Australian landscapes are healthier, better protected, better managed, more resilient and provide essential ecosystem services in a changing world.

Since its inception the NLN has become a major partner for NRM Regions Australia, and the MoU frames and formally acknowledges the important relationship between the two organisations, and outlines a collaborative process into the future.

In October 2010, NRM Regions Australia issued a statement stressing the critical role of landcare and other community groups who volunteer to restore and protect land water and biodiversity assets.  This includes Bushcare, Coastcare, ‘Friends of’, agroforestry, and agribusiness groups.

Collective local volunteer action has been a cornerstone of approaches to managing natural resources since the late 1980s. NRM Regions Australia believes that support for group action:

  • helps secure long-term attitudinal changes in communities, building social capital, and invoking sustainable behaviour in production and consumption; and
  • leverages government investment with labour and land for conservation. For every $1 invested, at least $3 in value contributed and their work has flow-on benefits in regional economies.

Angus Hume (former Chair of NRM Regions Australia) and Fiona Simson (National Farmers’ Federation President) at the signing of a formal memorandum of understanding to enhance the way industry and the regions work together to deliver projects that benefit farmers and the environment.

National Farmers Federation

In 2017, an MoU was signed between the National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) and NRM Regions Australia to officially recognise the organisations’ plans to collaborate. The MoU aims to better connect the investment and initiatives managed by the agriculture industry with those managed by NRM Regions and is founded on the NFF and NRM Regions Australia’s shared vision for productive, profitable and sustainable farms.

This MoU signals the importance of encouraging collaboration, both to leverage the Commonwealth’s investment in sustainable agriculture and to ensure that investments deliver real benefits.

Clare Martin (Chair of Territory NRM acting as NRM Regions Australia representative) and Dr Stuart Minchin (Chief of the Environmental Geoscience Division, Geoscience Australia) signing a Heads of Agreement at the 2018 National Chairs’ Forum in Darwin.

Geoscience Australia

Following the rapid deployment of satellites, Geoscience Australia has been investing in Digital Earth Australia (DEA), a world-class digital infrastructure that uses satellite data to detect detailed physical changes across Australia. It identifies soil and coastal erosion, crop growth, water quality and changes to cities and regions. This technology will be invaluable for regional NRM organisations to track changes at a landscape scale.

At the 2018 National Chairs' Forum, a Heads of Agreement was signed between Geoscience Australia and NRM Regions Australia by Dr Stuart Minchin and Clare Martin (on behalf of NRM Regions Australia) which sets out a framework for collaboration.