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Much of the material listed on these archived web pages has been superseded, or served a particular purpose at a particular time.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

Pricing and Taxation
Part 3 Intersectoral Issues - Chapter 20


To develop pricing and taxation arrangements which reflect social and environmental costs of resource use, while taking account of the equity and economic implications of proposed actions.

Strategic Approach

Consideration of the increased use of economic measures for dealing with environmental problems will be encouraged, subject to careful assessment of the benefits and costs of such measures. Possible mechanisms for incorporating externalities into pricing and market mechanisms for environmental purposes, and environmental resource values into pricing policies will be examined.

Objective 20.1

Governments will:

Objective 20.2

Governments will: