Legislation

The Authority currently operates under two Acts.

This Statement is issued under section 19E(1)(a) of the Catchment and Land Protection Act 1994 (CaLP Act) and relates to existing functions and responsibilities of Catchment Management Authorities (CMAs) under the CaLP Act as well as associated Government policy.

It has been developed to:

  • Clarify the manner in which CMA activities should be undertaken and the level to which CMA activities should be performed, by specifying obligations which relate to the performance of broad legislative functions and policy responsibilities;
  • Specify which obligations shall be funded out of annual Corporate Allocations and/or Statutory Land Allocations and which obligations shall be funded as outlined in contracts or agreements between the Department of Sustainability and Environment and the Authority; and
  • Reflect an integrated and sustainable approach to catchment management.

This Statement complements, and should be read in conjunction with, the Statement of Obligations for CMAs issued under the Water Act 1989.

This Statement is issued under the provisions of the Water Act 1989 and relates to existing functions, responsibilities and powers of CMAs under the Water Act as well as associated government policy. It includes responsibilities for the management of the environmental water reserve.

It has been developed to:

  • Clarify the manner in which CMA activities should be undertaken and the level to which CMA activities should be performed, by specifying obligations which relate to the performance of broad legislative functions and policy responsibilities; Specify which obligations are mandatory in the operation of a CMA and which obligations must be performed to the extent that funding is provided; and
  • Reflect an integrated and sustainable approach to the management of river health.

This Statement complements and should be read in conjunction with, the Statement of Obligations for CMAs issues under the CaLP Act 1994.

Public Interest Disclosures

The East Gippsland Catchment Management Authority (“the Authority”) is required to establish procedures under s58 of the Public Interest Disclosures Act 2012 (“the Act”).


The Authority is required to ensure these procedures are readily available to members of the public as well as internally to all employees, staff and members of the Authority.


The Authority encourages Board members, members of Board Committees, members of Advisory Groups, employees, contractors and members of the community to report known or suspected incidences of corrupt or improper conduct.

A Public Interest Disclosure can be made about information that shows or tends to show, or that you believe on reasonable grounds shows or tends to show, each of the following:
a) a person, public officer or public body
b) is engaging in, or proposing to engage in
c) ‘improper conduct’ and/or ‘detrimental action’.

The Authority is a public body. Its officers and employees are public officers.

A summary of the Authority’s East Gippsland Catchment Management Authority Protected Disclosures Procedure is provided. (attached)

The Authority has appointed the Quality and Performance Manager as the PID Coordinator. This person is responsible for handling enquiries about the Authority’s obligations under the Act. If you wish to obtain further information about the Authority’s PID Policy or Procedure, or if you wish to arrange a confidential meeting to discuss any matters of concern, please contact the PID Coordinator as follows:

Jo Cannon
Quality and Performance Manager
East Gippsland Catchment Management Authority
574 Main Street
Bairnsdale VIC 3875
T: 5152 0600
E: reception@egcma.com.au

Gift & Benefits

The Authority’s position on receiving and providing gifts, benefits and hospitality is prescribed in the Gifts, Benefits and Hospitality Policy.
This policy ensures that Authority has a transparent and consistent framework that fulfils the requirements and accountabilities for agencies and boards.

Gifts, Benefits and Hospitality Policy

Gift Declaration Form

Gift Register 2019 – 2020

Gift Register 2020 – 2021

Consultancies valued at $10,000+

Details of consultancies valued at $10,000 or greater 2017-18

Details of consultancies valued at $10,000 or greater 2016-17

We acknowledge the traditional owners of country throughout East Gippsland and pay our respects to them, their culture and their Elders past, present and future.