Department of the Environment and Heritage, 2004
ISSN 1441 9335
Operation of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (continued)
State of the Environment reporting
The EPBC Act requires that a report on Australia's environment be prepared every five years. The second State of the Environment report was published on 19 March 2002. Preparation of the next report is continuing.
Section 516A reporting
Section 516A of the EPBC Act requires Australian Government 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. Through its web site, the Department has available for agencies information on section 516A reporting. The information includes guidance on:
- which agencies have to report on ecologically sustainable development and environment performance in their annual reports;
- what has to be reported;
- steps in preparing the report; and
- suggested performance indicators.