How we operate

We exist because of the ongoing support of our partners, without them annual report cards on the collective health of the Fitzroy Basin would not be possible. Our partners represent a diverse range of organisations and are involved in monitoring and/or interested in understanding the health of Fitzroy Basin waterways. A Memorandum of Understanding is signed by all partners to demonstrate their commitment. Most partners have been part of the partnership since it was formally established in 2012.

To ensure Fitzroy Partnership achieves its objectives, a combination of processes and structures are required to draw together all partners and stakeholders in order to inform, direct, manage and monitor our activities.

Partners Network

All partners designate a representative of their organisation to join our Partners Network. The Partners Network meets biannually to receive performance reports, contribute to forward planning and to nominate and endorse a management committee.

Management Committee

The role of the Management Committee is to provide strategic oversight and direction on operational matters. The Management Committee is selected from the Partners Network. When electing members to the Management Committee, the Partners Network endeavour to strike a reasonable and equitable balance between major partners and partners, extractive and primary industries, government organisations and other Partners Network members. The Management Committee comprises at least 5 and up to 15 members, including the Chair and Deputy Chair and endorses the host organisation and secretariat arrangements.  Meetings are held up to four times per year, with two conducted in person.

Host Organisation

The role of the host organisation is to provide and manage the Partnership Executive Officer and the Partnership Secretariat which implements Partnership Activities. Fitzroy Basin Association (FBA) is the host organisation for the Partnership. Staff and contractors of the host organisation provide operational support and administer all partnership groups.

Operating Rules

The governance and operational arrangements of the Fitzroy Partnership for River Health are outlined in our Operating Rules.

Memorandum of Understanding

The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is an agreement signed by partners. It sets out Partnership governance and operation. A copy is available here.

Independent Science Panel

The role of our Independent Science Panel is to scrutinise results and ensure our reporting is backed by the best available science. An Independent Science Panel was established prior to the formation of Fitzroy Partnership for River Health in 2012. Our panel consists of a team of scientists with different backgrounds ensuring a wide spread of river health knowledge.

MEET OUR INDEPENDENT SCIENCE PANEL

Strategic Direction

We continue to assess our strengths and together with our partners, set our vision and priorities for the future of the partnership. A five-year strategic plan for the Partnership has been developed and endorsed by the Management Committee and can be found here.

Where does the Partnership fit?

The diagram below shows how Partnership activities inform policy, planning and resource management.