The audit examined how effectively and
efficiently soil health programs have been implemented across
private land, focusing on integrated soil health initiatives.
The Departments of Sustainability and
Environment and Primary Industries, along with catchment management
authorities, have implemented soil health programs effectively.
However, clearer governance arrangements, greater coordination and
better alignment of state and regional priorities would strengthen
soil health management.
Currently, soil health responses are neither integrated, nor
well coordinated; leading to a patchwork of unaligned and
fragmented soil health projects across regions. While the projects
have generally met their objectives individually, they have tended
to focus on the delivery of outputs rather than achievement of
outcomes. Consequently, it is unknown whether soil health programs
have actually improved the health of Victoria’s soil.
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