About the guidelines
This guidance document has been developed by the department to assist other Commonwealth agencies meet their statutory annual reporting requirements under Section 516A of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (the EPBC Act).
The guidelines are not mandatory, but rather provide some simple tools which agencies can apply when undertaking their reporting.
The following Commonwealth organisations are required to produce an ecologically sustainable development and environment report as part of their Annual Report:
a) A Department of State, and any other Agency (as defined in the Public Service Act 1999)
b) A Commonwealth authority (defined in the Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act 1997)
c) A Commonwealth company (as defined in the Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act 1997)
d) Any other Commonwealth agency that is established by or under a law of the Commonwealth and is required by law to give an Annual Report to the responsible Minister.
Commonwealth agencies will need to report against two core criteria. The first is how agencies accord with and contribute to ecologically sustainable development (ESD). The second is to report the environmental performance of agencies, that is the impact their activities have on the natural environment, how these are mitigated and how they will be further mitigated.