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Closure Information FAQ

The Australian Government has announced that as part of the 2009-10 Budget it will be abolishing Land & Water Australia. LWA will cease to exist on 30 June, 2009.

This information will be updated as the closure process progresses.

  1. Should I stop work?
  2. Is there any funding for research?
  3. What process will LWA use to identify priority research projects for continued funding?
  4. What will happen if my project is not identified as priority research?
  5. When will I hear if my project will be terminated or continued?
  6. Will I get paid for work already undertake, if my project is terminated?
  7. Will I be required to repay an advance payment or surplus funds?
  8. My Contract is under negotiation and not currently signed by LWA – what will happen to it?
  9. I have a milestone report due before 30 June 2009 – will I get paid for it?
  10. What happens if my Project is part of a Program with partner funding (MCV, NPSI, TRaCK, CCRSPI, PIARNAANRO)?
  11. My Project has communication material ready or knowledge and adoption activities planned – can this continue?
  12. My Report is due after 30 June 2009 (eg 1 July, 1 august 2009). If I deliver it before 30 June, will I get paid?

1. Should I stop work?

LWA is not currently in a position where it can guarantee ongoing financial support for your Project in the next financial year and beyond, so continuing work is at your own risk.

2. Is there any funding for research?

LWA has secured limited funding for the financial year 2009-10. LWA anticipates being able to fund a small number of high priority existing Projects through to completion. LWA is currently endeavouring to determine which ongoing research may be of sufficient priority as to be supported by the limited funding available. We are also seeking to determine which entities may be willing to take over the management of existing contracts.

3. What process will LWA use to identify priority research projects for continued funding?

LWA is developing a plan for the wind-up or transfer of the Projects presently administered by LWA and as part of this, an Assessment Process is being finalised. It will be approved by the Board and undertaken by the LWA Executive. We will advise the outcome of the Assessment Process as soon as possible. If successful, your consent may be sought for your project to continue under the administration of another entity (whether in the current, or some amended form).

4. What will happen if my project is not identified as priority research?

LWA is aiming to maximise the outcomes from as many of LWA’s existing investments as possible. However, most regrettably, a number of very worthwhile Projects will have to be terminated as a result of the abolition of LWA. If your project is not selected as priority research, then LWA will advise your organisation that the Contract for your Project is being terminated.

5. When will I hear if my project will be terminated or continued?

It is anticipated that the Assessment Process will be completed over the next few weeks; we are endeavouring to have decisions made by no later than 30 June 2009.

6. Will I get paid for work already undertake, if my project is terminated?

The status of each Project will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis, including assessment of work undertaken since the last milestone report. LWA will negotiate directly with your organisation about termination of the Contract for your Project.

7. Will I be required to repay an advance payment or surplus funds?

Yes.

8. I have a milestone report due before 30 June 2009 – will I get paid for it?

If you submit the report on time and it is assessed (through our normal processes) as being satisfactory, you will be paid for that milestone.

9. What happens if my Project is part of a Program with partner funding (MCV, NPSI, TRaCK, CCRSPI, PIARN, AANRO)?

LWA is investigating whether it is possible to transfer some Projects under these Programs to an alternative managing agent. Even if this can be done, due to budget constraints it may not be possible to continue funding all Projects within the Program, so your Project may still be terminated. Projects in these Programs will undergo the same assessment process as the rest of LWAs portfolio.

10. My Project has communication material ready or knowledge and adoption activities planned – can this continue?

LWA is very keen to maximise the adoption outcomes from all Projects, especially those nearing completion. Planned activities will be assessed as part of the Assessment Process. At this stage, none of this financial year’s activities are affected.

11. If my report is due after 30 June 2009 (eg 1 July, 1 august 2009) and I deliver it early, before 30 June, will I get paid?

Payments will be made to the extent that we have funds available for these milestones.