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Key departmental publications, e.g. annual reports, budget papers and program guidelines are available in our online archive.

Much of the material listed on these archived web pages has been superseded, or served a particular purpose at a particular time. It may contain references to activities or policies that have no current application. Many archived documents may link to web pages that have moved or no longer exist, or may refer to other documents that are no longer available.

Environment Australia Annual Report 2001-02

Environment Australia, 2002
ISSN 1441-9335

Reports - Operation of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (continued)
4. Reporting

State of the Environment reporting
The Minister is required under section 516B of the Act to cause a report to be prepared every five years on the environment in the Australian jurisdiction. The first report under the Act was tabled in Parliament on 19 March 2002. The report was prepared by the independent Australian State of the Environment Committee and, after the 1996 State of the Environment report, was the second independent and comprehensive national report on Australia’s environment and heritage. The report was guided by seven theme reports on atmosphere, biodiversity, coasts and oceans, human settlements, inland waters, land, and natural and cultural heritage.

The full report with supporting documents is available on the Environment Australia web site at

Section 516A reporting
Section 516A of the Act requires Commonwealth organisations to include in their annual reports a section detailing the environmental performance of the organisation and the organisation’s contribution to ecologically sustainable development. All Commonwealth departments reported against section 516A for 2000-01.

There were some deficiencies in reporting for 2000-01 reflecting the fact that this is a new requirement for organisations. Since last year, Environment Australia has developed and made available guidelines to assist agencies with their section 516A reporting and criteria to help agencies decide which of their activities have implications for ecologically sustainable development. Environment Australia is also developing other materials to assist agencies, particularly in deciding what and how to report, drawing on feedback received from agencies’ experience with the 2000-01 reports.