Environmental performance reporting
Information about the Department's environmental performance and contribution to ecologically sustainable development, as required by Section 516A of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act), is published in each year's annual report.
- Section 516A - Annual reports of all Commonwealth agencies
- 2010-11 - Department of Sustainability, Environment Water, Population and Communities annual report 2010-11: Environmental Sustainability
- 2009-10 - Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts annual report 2009-10: Environmental Sustainability
- 2008-09 - Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts 2008-09: Managing the department
- 2007-08 - Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts annual report 2007-08: Managing the department
- 2006-07 - Department of the Environment and Water Resources annual report 2006-07: Managing the department
Reflecting its role in the sustainable management and conservation of Australia's environment, the Department is committed to minimising its own ecological footprint by pursuing environmental best practice and the prevention of pollution in office management and general operations.
Sustainability reports (called triple bottom line reports until 2005-06) look at practical measurable social and environmental outcomes, as well as financial matters. Unlike Section 516A reports, these reports are voluntary.
Triple Bottom Line reports
The Department's triple bottom line reports are a demonstration of our commitment to continuously improve the sustainability of our operations. The reports use widely accepted indicators to measure our environmental, social and economic performance, drawn from:
- Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) indicator set
- Triple bottom line reporting in Australia: a guide to reporting against environmental indicators - the Department's reporting guide