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Environment Australia Annual Report 2000-01

Environment Australia, 2001
ISSN 1441-9335

Appendix 1 - Ecologically sustainable development and environmental performance

Ecologically sustainable development

Section 516A of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 requires Commonwealth organisations to include in their annual reports details of the environmental performance of the organisation and the organisation's contribution to ecologically sustainable development.

Section 516A aims to promote the development of a framework within which Commonwealth organisations properly integrate environmental, economic and social considerations. The identification, monitoring and reporting of environmental issues within such a framework will help Commonwealth organisations improve their environmental and ecologically sustainable development performance.

Section 516A also aims to encourage Commonwealth agencies to adopt best practice in terms of the public reporting of information relevant to their environmental performance and promotion of ecologically sustainable development.

In order to comply with section 516A, each Commonwealth organisation is required to include in its report details of:

The principles of ecologically sustainable development are, under section 3A of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act:

Environment Australia's report

All of the activities and legislation administered by Environment Australia have a direct impact on ecologically sustainable development. Therefore section 516A reporting requirements are addressed by sections in each of the broad themes, and in certain outputs under the environment outcome. These sections include representative examples of how Environment Australia's activities and administration of legislation accord with the principles of ecologically sustainable development. They also indicate how appropriations under Environment Australia's environmental outcome contribute to ecologically sustainable development.

The thematic sections address:

The effect of Environment Australia's activities on the environment and related measures and review mechanisms is covered comprehensively throughout the report under each theme.