National Waste Report 2010 Evaluation Workshops

Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, 2012

Environment Protection and Heritage Council and the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, 2012

National Waste Report Evaluation

The National Waste Report 2010 was launched by the Environment Protection and Heritage Council on 7 May 2010. The report was written during 2009 in parallel with the development of the National Waste Policy: Less Waste, More Resources and provided part of the evidence base for the policy. The National Waste Report 2010 Evaluation Workshops study is the result of a stakeholder evaluation process completed in 2011.

The National Waste Report is designed to 'assist government, businesses and the community to make sound policies and decisions, and ... help individuals to contribute to waste minimisation in meaningful and achievable ways'.* The development and publication of future reports is an integral component of Strategy 16 of the National Waste Policy. This strategy requires that reports be 'underpinned by a system that provides access to integrated national core data on waste and resource recovery that is accurate, meaningful and up-to-date and available on line'.**

National Waste Reports are to be produced triennially. These reports on current and future trends in waste and recovery are to be developed and published by the Australian Government in collaboration with state and territory governments. The next report is due for release in 2013.

In 2010-11, an evaluation process was developed and implemented to inform the development of the 2013 report. The evaluation sought to understand what data and information are most useful for National Waste Report readers, and also to discover who has been using the National Waste Report and how it is being used. It sought suggestions for future reports, and background information on sector challenges, from as wide a cross-section of stakeholders as possible.

This report presents the findings of 10 face-to-face evaluation workshops conducted collaboratively by local governments, state and territory governments and the Australian Government. These were held across Australia between August and November 2010, with the results being compiled and assessed in 2011.

* National Waste Report 2010, p. 1. The report is available at http://www.ephc.gov.au/sites/default/files/WasteMgt_Nat_Waste_Report_FINAL_20_FullReport_201005_0.pdf.

** National Waste Policy: Less Waste, More Resources, p. 15. The policy document is available at http://www.ephc.gov.au/sites/default/files/WasteMgt_National_Waste_Policy_Status_Report_Final-amended_201011.pdf.