The online monitoring, evaluation, reporting and improvement tool (MERIT) has been developed for the project and programme reporting requirements of Australian Government NRM programmes. MERIT allows grant recipients to record and upload data about the progress of their projects on a continual basis and to submit reports online. It will also increase information sharing within NRM communities and the broader public.

Developed in collaboration with the Atlas of Living Australia, MERIT will enhance the reporting process by allowing simpler yet more complete project records and showing direct links between project activities and contributions to Australia’s biodiversity conservation work.


Watch this MERIT Tutorial to find out how your project moves through the planning and reporting phases of MERIT.

User Guide

The updated User Guide contains comprehensive 'step-by-step' information on how to use MERIT and is available for download as one document or individual chapters.

Helpful Resources

  • The MERIT Media Guide provides details on how to capture your media and promotional opportunities in MERIT.
  • The Quick Reference Guide provides brief instructions on how to complete basic functions in MERIT. This guide is for those users with Grant Manager, Administrator or Editor permissions in MERIT. For more detailed guidance, refer to the MERIT User Guide.

Three resources are available to help you when choosing the right activities for your project plan:
- The Ready Reckoner provides a summary of each activity, minimum data requirement (mandatory fields), target measures (outputs) plus more.
- The Activity Family Tree is a one-page table demonstrating the temporal relationship between activities. Commence reading the table from the centre ‘Primary Activity’ column. Activities to the left are those you may choose in preparation for the primary activity, including baseline data collection. Activities to the right are those you may choose for monitoring/maintenance of the activity, including comparison to baseline data.
- The MERIT Schema is a user-friendly document that contains every field description, data use and type for each activity form. It also lists the outputs that are currently used for reporting.

Sample project with hints and tips

Please click on this link (opens in a new tab) to see a sample project which demonstrates the following:
- Simple things that you can do to enhance the 'Overview' page for your project and communicate the project to the public
- Links to sample forms for every activity type - see what the form looks like and what it contains before you select it for your project
- A list of all of the output targets applicable across all of the activity types
- A sample MERI Plan with guidance to help you complete the template
To fully explore this project, log in to MERIT using the credentials noted on the sample project homepage.

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