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Publications archive - International Activities and Commitments


Key departmental publications, e.g. annual reports, budget papers and program guidelines are available in our online archive.

Much of the material listed on these archived web pages has been superseded, or served a particular purpose at a particular time. It may contain references to activities or policies that have no current application. Many archived documents may link to web pages that have moved or no longer exist, or may refer to other documents that are no longer available.

Australia's report to the UNCSD - 1995

Implementation of Agenda 21
Department of the Environment, Sport and Territories, 1995
ISBN 0 6444 3152 0

Case study - Grants to voluntary conservation organisations

A Case Study of Financial Support for NGOs

The Federal Department of the Environment, Sport and Territories (DEST) administers a program of grants to voluntary conservation organisations (the GVCO program). The aim of the Program is to empower the community through its environmental organisations to contribute to the achievement of the Federal government's objectives of promoting nationally and internationally the protection and enhancement of ecological processes and natural resources as essential components of the well-being of current and future generations. Organisations are assisted with a view to raising community awareness and understanding of environmental issues and ecologically sustainable development principles and having an effective conduit by which the community can express its concerns. Funding is provided under the Program to maintain or enhance the operational capacity of eligible organisations to pursue their programs. The purpose of the grants is to assist eligible environmental organisations with their administrative costs as distinct from program, project or campaign costs. These costs include salaries and salary on-costs for executive and administrative staff, office accommodation and equipment, communications, photocopying, printing and travel. In 1993-4, fifty-seven separate groups received assistance under the Program through grants which totalled $A1.669 million.