Department of the Environment and Heritage, 2006
ISSN 1441 9335
Legislation annual reports 2005-06 (continued)
Operation of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999
The EPBC Act requires that a report on Australia’s environment be prepared every five years. The second State of the Environment Report was published on 19 March 2002. Preparation of the next report is continuing.
Section 516A of the EPBC Act requires Australian Government organisations to include in their annual reports a section detailing the environmental performance of the organisation and the organisation’s contribution to ecologically sustainable development. Through its website, the department has available for agencies information on section 516A reporting. The information includes guidance on:
- which agencies have to report on ecologically sustainable development and environmental performance in their annual reports
- what has to be reported
- steps in preparing the report
- suggested performance indicators.
The department’s report under section 516A is included in the first volume of this set of annual reports.