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Key departmental publications, e.g. annual reports, budget papers and program guidelines are available in our online archive.

Much of the material listed on these archived web pages has been superseded, or served a particular purpose at a particular time. It may contain references to activities or policies that have no current application. Many archived documents may link to web pages that have moved or no longer exist, or may refer to other documents that are no longer available.

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Benchmarking biodiversity conservation

The Benchmarking Biodiversity Conservation framework is designed to guide councils through a series of steps or benchmarks to ensure biodiversity conservation is a key council priority. The system allows for the measurement of performance of your Council, and also permits the comparison of progress across local governments throughout Australia. Each of the 5 benchmarks is broadly defined to provide some direction while encouraging local innovation.

Benchmarking does not involve reinventing the wheel. Many councils have made a start or achieved significant progress towards conserving biodiversity, already attaining some of the benchmarks of the framework. For example, a council that has prepared and endorsed a biodiversity strategy, or an environmental management plan incorporating natural resource management, has satisfied the steps required to attain Benchmark 3 - Develop Strategic Approach.

In addition, as part of benchmark 3, eight key local government biodiversity outcomes have been developed to provide a common direction for Australian Councils. These key outcomes form the basis of the Local Biodiversity Action Plan, and should guide the formulation of local strategies and activities.