Our Governance

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Responsible Ministers

The responsible Ministers for administering Catchment Management Authorities in the State of Victoria are the Hon Lisa Neville Minister for Water, and the Hon Lily D'Ambrosio Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change.


The structure, functions and operations of the Glenelg Hopkins CMA are broadly governed by the establishing legislation. A mandatory requirement of the CMA is to comply with this legislation.

Government policy sets the firm direction of the Glenelg Hopkins CMA and through this, internal policy and procedure are set. All internal policies are endorsed by Directors to ensure compliance and relevance.

The obligations of the Authority are primarily contained in the following legislation:


Glenelg Hopkins CMA is governed by a Board of nine community representatives, including the Chairperson. Directors are appointed by Ministerial appointment following a public call for people with skills and experience relating to our catchment for either a term of 2 or 4 years.

The Board is responsible and accountable for the good governance, strategic direction and effective and efficient operation of the organisation.

Glenelg Hopkins CMA Board Strategic Objectives:

  • Productive partnerships for a healthy catchment
  • Effective waterway and floodplain management
  • Integrated and sustainable catchment management
  • A respected and accountable organisation

Community Engagement

The Glenelg Hopkins Catchment Management Authority (CMA) is responsible for the planning and implementation of strategies to protect and enhance the health of the region's biodiversity, soils and land.

The Glenelg Hopkins Advisory Group is one of the vehicles by which the CMA can engage the community and its major partners in the development and adaptive management of the Regional Catchment Strategy, its sub-strategies and plans.

They assist by providing advice to senior management of the CMA. Members of the Advisory Group communicate with and access people in the community with an interest in specific resource management matters, they may have particular expertise in some aspects of the CMA's strategies, or may be involved in activities relevant to implementation of strategies and plans.

Their membership and method of operation are designed to contribute this knowledge and expertise to the CMA's strategic program. The Advisory Group will provide advice on and be kept informed of strategic direction; monitoring and reporting of achievements; and review direction in an adaptive management cycle in their area.

Structure of the Internal Staff

Glenelg Hopkins CMA employs 39.4 full time equivalent staff, comprising the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Assistant and staff working within one of three programs: Waterway & Catchment Health, Business & Finance and Partnership & Investment. The Program Managers report directly to the Chief Executive Officer.

CEO Biography

Organisational Structure