ACT NRM - Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate - Environment


Natural resources management (NRM) is the integrated management of the natural resources that make up Australia’s landscapes; that is, our land, water, biodiversity and cultural assets that we rely on for our survival and wellbeing. NRM takes account of human activities and natural processes to ensure they are carefully managed to deliver the best outcomes for today’s needs and for future generations. NRM considers the multiple benefits provided to humans by the natural environment, which are known as ‘ecosystem services’. These services are essential for clean drinking water, clean air, the decomposition of waste, mitigation of extreme weather events, food production, and human mental and physical wellbeing. NRM also takes account of how the community feels about their landscape.

The Caring for Dhawura Ngunnawal: A natural resource plan for the ACT 2022-2042 proposes a way forward for natural resources management in the territory.

ACT Natural Resource Management under the National Landcare Program

Australian Capital Territory Natural Resource Management (ACT NRM) is one of 54 regional NRM organisations across Australia under the Australian Government's regional stream of the National Landcare Program 2018-2023 (NLP2) – Regional Land Partnerships (RLP).

ACT NRM works together with government agencies, delivery partners, volunteers, the broader ACT and regional community and other stakeholders to identify investment priorities, broker partnerships, share knowledge, and deliver programs.

The ACT NRM Investment Plan is centred around three strategic investment themes focusing on biodiversity, sustainable agriculture and Aboriginal NRM and aligns closely with the Australian Government's priorities for investment.

Biodiversity conservation

Supporting threatened species, landscape resilience, adaptation and community engagement.

Aboriginal NRM

Supporting the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community to connect to and benefit from Country.

Sustainable agriculture

Supporting our farmers and farming systems.

Natural Resource Management Plan (7.2 MB)

A way forward for the management of natural resources in the ACT from 2022 to 2042.

Investment Plan

NRM funding priorities identified with the community.

Grants, rebates and support packages

Find out about funding opportunities and support packages.


Volunteering is a great way to make a difference, learn more about the region, get outdoors, stay fit and meet new people.

Commonwealth Funded Projects

Commencing 1 July 2019

The Australian Government is currently working with ACT NRM to determine the next 5 years of projects (1 July 2023 to 30 June 2028).