Appendix 1 — Ecologically sustainable development

The department is committed to improving its environmental performance and reports on its activities under section 516A of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

Our environmental management activities are focused on reducing the effects on the environment of our energy, water and paper consumption, waste, travel, transport and procurement policies and practices. We continue to evaluate and improve our operational efficiency to ensure that our activities contribute to successful long-term outcomes and to increase our understanding of sustainability beyond the environmental sphere.

The department’s activities are consistent with the ecologically sustainable development principles (section 3A of the Act), the first of which is that ‘decision-making processes should effectively integrate both long-term and short-term economic, environmental, social and equitable considerations’. More information on the environmentally sustainable development principles can be found on the Department of the Environment website.

Further information and data on the department’s environmental performance can be found in Part 3 of this report.

The Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations participated in the Department of Finance and Deregulation’s sustainability reporting pilot from 2011–12 until it ended in 2013–14.

ICT Sustainability Plan

The Australian Government’s ICT Sustainability Plan 2010–2015 is a five-year plan that will assist Commonwealth agencies to better align their use of ICT with the government’s overall sustainability agenda.

Under the plan, we have targets, actions and reporting obligations for our ICT operations. Information on our ICT sustainability performance is provided in Part 3 of this report and more information on the sustainability plan is available on the Department of the Environment website.