The department is committed to carrying out business in an environmentally responsible and resource efficient way.
The department's environmental management system aligns to international standard ISO 14001:2015 and assists with the management and reporting on greenhouse gas emissions, energy use, resource use and waste arising from building operations, motor vehicle and air travel, ICT and stationery supplies.
The department is dedicated to achieving better practice environmental performance for energy use, resource consumption and waste, and supports reputable environmental standards for application in procurement processes.
Supporting these measures drives resource efficiency and innovation in supply chains and across industry.
See Appendix F for more information about the department's contribution to ecologically sustainable development and environmental performance.
- mandatory reporting against both the Indigenous Procurement Policy and the department's Reconciliation Action Plan 2015-17 on the number of contracts, contract values and expenditure for all Indigenous small and medium enterprises. In 2016-17 the department spent $12.8 million (GST inclusive) with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses, exceeding the department's RAP target of $3.7 million
- use of Australian Industry Participation Plans in whole of government procurement where applicable
- encouraging credit card use to expedite payments.