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Environmental Efficiency in the
Australian Public Service: a Resource Guide

Department of Industrial Relations

Department of Industrial Relations
October 1996

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Appendix B

Environmental efficiency clauses in workplace agreements

To help agencies develop environmental efficiency clauses for workplace

agreements, the following features are suggested for inclusion. All agencies are encouraged, as a minimum, to consider incorporating into their workplace agreements a commitment to improving environmental performance. Environmental efficiency clauses may then be revisited as an agency improves its environmental performance and the more advanced features detailed below incorporated into agreements.

1. Objectives

2. Establishing an Environment Committee

Issues to consider:

The responsibilities of the committee could include:

3. Establishing an Environmental Officer

The role of the officer could be:

4. Education and training

Issues to consider:

(i) on general environmental issues and on work place processes and technologies; and (ii) to assist the identification and implementation of environmental improvement initiatives in work places; and

5. Environment Improvement Plan (EIP)

The EIP's function is to set targets and develop strategies which may relate to some or all of the following:

Appendix C

A checklist of cleaner production opportunities

The following checklist indicates areas where agencies could reduce the environmental impact of their operations. The checklist is not intended to be comprehensive, but rather to serve as a starting place for agency staff and management.

Possible opportunities for improved environmental management
Building location (where public access is required)

Building design
Building construction
Building maintenance

Building operation

Communications and information

Employees commuting

Hazardous materials and chemicals

Kitchen and catering facilities
  • energy efficient refrigeration
  • re-usable cups, dishes, cutlery
  • menus designed to minimise waste
  • recycling and composting of waste
  • use of efficient system for beverage hot water provision
  • use of local sources for fresh food

  • design parking fee schedules to discourage commuting by car
  • ensure information about public transport access is as widely known as parking locations
Parks and gardens
  • choice of plants to minimise water requirements
  • selection and operation of efficient irrigation system to minimise water use
  • minimise stormwater run off through design, retention
  • adopt a preferential purchasing policy for environmental desirable products and responsible suppliers
  • ask suppliers for environmental information, eg source of timber, materials, energy use, chemical use, water use etc. Where possible conduct environmental audits of major suppliers' activities
  • purchase locally/regionally where possible
  • purchase in bulk where possible to minimise packaging
  • specify delivery with minimum packaging and ability to return packaging
  • specify products made from recycled materials eg plastics, paper, wood, toner cartridges etc
  • avoid selection of hazardous chemicals
  • anticipate requirements to reduce reliance on special courier deliveries
Record keeping and administration
  • reduce paper use by re-examining forms and procedures to determine if all copies are necessary
  • increase substitution of electronic communications for paper
  • training in electronic communications
Stormwater management
  • design to minimise rapid runoff; water sensitive design; education of community about stormwater


  • select vehicles for efficiency; examine use of alternative fuels
  • maintain vehicles for efficient performance
  • use water efficient means of washing; reuse water.

Appendix D

Members: Environmental Efficiency Joint Working Party:

Department of Industrial Relations (Chair): Kate Bosser
Viveca Moodie
Liz McQueen

Department of Environment, Sport
and Territories: (EPA) Carolyn Paris
David Keefer

Department of Transport and Regional
Development: John Duffy

Department of Administrative Services: Karen Blake
David Mills

Department of Primary Industries and Energy: Erica Maxwell

Joint House Department: Adrian Guilfoyle

Department of Defence: Paul Edey

Australian Industrial Property Organisation: Brett Jones

Australian Bureau of Statistics: David Joyce

Australian Manufacturing Workers' Union: Mike Nicolaides