Environmental performance reporting

Sustainability Report 2005-2006

Department of the Environment and Water Resources, 2007

Social Performance

Social Performance: Introduction

Social sustainability means taking care of our own workforce and the local communities where we operate, providing better quality of life for our staff and other Australians.

Out of the thirteen improvement goals set for the Department of Environment and Heritage’s (DEH’s) social performance, eight (63%) were met. In 2004-05, there were also thirteen social performance improvement goals set, and eight of those were achieved.

See our social performance at a glance.

Key aspects of DEH’s social sustainability performance in 2005-06 include:

New social performance improvement goals for 2006-07 are:

Case study: DEH graduate field trip, 2005-06

The DEH Graduate Programme is an important part of how we bring high-performing people into our workforce. Each year, the graduates plan, organise and budget for a five day field trip. This trip takes them into the community for a first-hand view of environmental and heritage issues, including DEH’s role in these. In 2005-06, the field trip took our graduates to sites in Tasmania.