Aim: To help make Australia's population, communities and environment more sustainable.
- Develop a clear national strategy for ensuring that Australia can effectively sustain changes in its population.
- Make sustainability considerations a central part of policy development and decision making by government.
The minister's work under sustainable population and communities includes:
Australia's first Sustainable Population Strategy: Sustainable Australia - Sustainable Communities outlines the Government's framework for a sustainable Australia. It will help to ensure that future population change is compatible with the economic, environmental and social wellbeing of the nation, recognising that population change is not only about the growth and overall size of our population, it is also about the needs and skills of our population, how we live, and importantly, where we live. Population change impacts on different communities in different ways.
A sustainable Australia is a nation of sustainable communities which have the services, job and education opportunities, amenity and natural environment that make them places where people want to work, live and build a future.
- Media release: Government welcomes first Sustainable Australia Report - 9 May 2013
- Media release: Sharing stories of the sea: from Torres Strait to the Solomon Islands - 18 April 2013
- Media release: Connect with the World Indigenous Network - 19 December 2012
- Media release: New Indigenous Ranger Jobs for the NT - 17 December 2012
- Media release: Australian Indigenous Rangers tour Canada - 25 October 2012
- Media release: A National Sustainability Council for Australia - 23 October 2012
- Media release: Supporting jobs in northern Adelaide - 6 September 2012
- Media release: Supporting jobs in Western Sydney - 25 July 2012
- Transcript - Interview with Tracey Spicer and Tim Webster, 2UE - 9 April 2012