Publications archive - International Activities and Commitments
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Much of the material listed on these archived web pages has been superseded, or served a particular purpose at a particular time.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.
WSSD 2002 fact sheet
Environment Australia, August 2002
Improving the sustainability of consumption and production patterns is an ongoing priority for Australian governments. It is increasingly being found that voluntary partnerships encourage business and industry to move beyond compliance towards sustainability. While regulations are necessary to ensure minimum environmental standards are met by industry, they offer industry few incentives to make further improvements.
Partnerships can create an atmosphere of trust, cooperation and shared responsibility. They can also create a culture that rewards innovation and empowers consumers by harnessing market forces to help them choose more sustainable products.
Australian governments have entered into a range of partnerships to improve the eco-efficiency and environmental performance of Australian industry. In so doing, the competitiveness and economic efficiency of the industries should also improve.
Here are examples of the cooperative initiatives underway in Australia, aimed at improving the sustainability of Australia's business and industry.