Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities Annual Report 2011–12



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Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities

Annual Report 2011–12


Address: Main Office: John Gorton Building, King Edward Terrace, Parkes ACT 2600
Mail: GPO Box 787 Canberra ACT 2601
Internet: www.environment.gov.au
Phone: 02 6274 1111
Fax: 02 6274 1666
For the purpose of citation, the PDF version of Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities Annual Report 2011-12 available from
http://www.environment.gov.au/about/publications/annual-report/11-12/index.html

is to be considered the official version.

© Commonwealth of Australia 2012

ISSN 1441-9335

This work is copyright. Apart from any use as permitted under the Copyright Act 1968, no part may be reproduced by any process without prior written permission from the Commonwealth, available from the Australian Government Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities.

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Environmental Credentials Statement


This annual report has been printed on Impress paper which is FSC® Mixed Sources Certified and ensures that all virgin pulp is derived from well-managed forests and controlled sources. It is manufactured by an ISO 14001 certified mill.

Contents


  • Letter of transmittal

  • Guide to the annual report

  • Executive summary

  • Outcome 1: Biodiversity and ecosystems

    • Programs 1.1–1

    • Legislation reporting:

    • Natural Heritage Trust of Australia Act 1997

  • Outcome 2: Sustainable population and communities

    • Programs 2.1 & 2.3

    • Legislation reporting:

      • Product Stewardship Act 2011

      • Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management Act 1989

      • Hazardous Waste (Regulation of Exports and Imports) Act 1989

      • Fuel Quality Standards Act 2000

      • Product Stewardship (Oil) Act 2000

  • Outcome 3: Antarctica

    • Program 3

  • Outcome 4: Sustainable water

    • Program 4

    • Legislation reporting:

      • Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards Act 2005

      • Commonwealth Environmental Water Annual Report 2011–12

  • Outcome 5: Environment protection and heritage conservation

    • Programs 5.1 & 5.2

    • Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999

  • Corporate Outcome: Sustainable performance

  • Corporate governance

    • External scrutiny

    • Environmental sustainability and performance

    • Human rights

    • Human resources

    • Stakeholder relations

    • International policy advice

    • Procurement

    • Economic indicators

    • Financial performance

    • Financial position

  • Appendices

    • Workforce profile

    • Occupational health and safety

    • Grants programs

    • Advertising and marketing expenditure

    • Freedom of Information

    • Corrections to material errors in the 2010–11 annual report

    • Global reporting initiative

    • Agency resources statement

    • Expenses for outcomes

  • Financial statements

  • Glossary

  • List of requirements

  • Index

Letter of transmittal


The Hon Tony Burke MP
Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities
Parliament House CANBERRA ACT 2600

 

Dear Minister



I am pleased to present you with the annual report of the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities for the financial year ended 30 June 2012. The report was prepared in accordance with the requirements set out in section 63 of the Public Service Act 1999. Subsection 63(1) of the Public Service Act 1999 requires you to lay a copy of this annual report before each House of the Parliament on or before 31 October 2012.

In addition, the annual report must be tabled in each House of the Parliament within 15 sitting days after the day on which you receive it because it contains other annual reports about the Acts the department administers, including the annual report of the Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder, a requirement under the Water Act 2007.

I certify that this annual report has been prepared in accordance with the Requirements for Annual Reports for Departments, Executive Agencies and FMA Act Bodies for 2011–12 as required by subsection 63(2) of the Act.

Yours sincerely



Dr Paul Grimes Secretary
9 October 2012

Guide to the annual report

Structure


The Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities Annual Report 2011–12 has been prepared in accordance with the Requirements for annual reports for departments, executive agencies and FMA Act bodies, as approved by the Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit under subsections 63(2) and 70(2) of the Public Service Act 1999. This report is presented in four sections as outlined below.

Executive summary


This section provides:

  • a review by the Secretary of the 2011–12 year

  • an overview of the portfolio structure

  • a summary of the department’s financial performance.

Report on performance by outcome


This section contains five chapters that detail the department’s activities, achievements and performance during the year against the five outcomes as set down in the Portfolio Budget Statements 2011–12. These outcomes are:

  • Outcome 1: Biodiversity and ecosystems

  • Outcome 2: Sustainable population and communities

  • Outcome 3: Antarctica

  • Outcome 4: Sustainable water

  • Outcome 5: Environmental protection and heritage conservation.

Legislation annual reports are included with the Outcome 1, 2, 4 and 5 chapters. Some Acts that the department administers require the department or minister to provide annual reports on their operation to the Parliament. This report details the operation of the eight Acts the department administers that do not report separately, focusing on how the statutory requirements of the Acts were met during the reporting year and how the Acts were administered. The Acts covered are:

  • Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999

  • Hazardous Waste (Regulation of Exports and Imports) Act 1989

  • Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management Act 1989

  • Product Stewardship (Oil) Act 2000

  • Fuel Quality Standards Act 2000

  • Natural Heritage Trust of Australia Act 1997

  • Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards Act 2005

  • Water Act 2007.

The department provides separate annual reports to the parliament for the following legislation:

  • Environment Protection (Alligator Rivers Region) Act 1978

  • National Environment Protection Council Act 1994

  • Wet Tropics of Queensland World Heritage Area Conservation Act 1994.

A sixth chapter covers our corporate activities as outlined in the department’s strategic plan. It details the department’s effectiveness in managing the corporate governance, workforce planning, financial framework, stakeholder management and environmental performance. This outcome is:

  • Corporate Outcome: sustainable performance.

Financial statements


This section contains the department’s audited financial statements for the year ended 30 June 2012.

Glossary, list of requirements and index


A glossary of terms and shortened forms, a list of requirements for locating mandatory and suggested information and an alphabetic index are included.

Further information


For further information concerning this annual Report contact:

Assistant Secretary, Strategic Advice Branch


Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities
Post: GPO Box 787, Canberra ACT 2601

Tel: 02 6274 1111


Fax: 02 6274 1666

Email: CoordPCD@environment.gov.au


Internet: www.environment.gov.au

This annual report is available electronically at .




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