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Publications archive - Ecologically Sustainable Development


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Much of the material listed on these archived web pages has been superseded, or served a particular purpose at a particular time.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.

National Strategy for Ecologically Sustainable Development

Prepared by the Ecologically Sustainable Development Steering Committee
Endorsed by the Council of Australian Governments
December, 1992
ISBN 0 644 27253 8

Environmental Protection
Part 3 Intersectoral Issues - Chapter 12


To establish and enhance policy and administrative frameworks for environmental protection in which governments and the community can develop effective and efficient measures to achieve environmental objectives while recognising the interrelationship with economic and social objectives.

Strategic Approach

Governments will continue to develop a policy framework for environmental protection which seeks to achieve clarity, transparency and certainty for all steps in the policy formulation, decision making and implementation process; is based on a consideration of all available policy instruments, including economic measures; fosters efficient achievement of environment protection policy objectives; allows for effective consultative mechanisms with community and business interests; and allows simplicity, efficiency and effectiveness in administration in all spheres of government.

Objective 12.1

Governments will: