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This report should be attributed as ‘Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities Annual Report 2012–2013, Commonwealth of Australia 2013’.
The Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities Annual Report 2012–13 has been prepared in accordance with the Requirements for Annual Reports for Departments, Executive Agencies and FMA Act Bodies, as approved by the Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit under subsections 63(2) and 70(2) of the Public Service Act 1999. This report is presented in six sections as outlined below.
This section provides:
a review by the Secretary for 2012–13
an overview of portfolio structure
a summary of the department’s financial performance.
Report on performance by outcome
This section contains seven chapters that detail the department’s activities, achievements and performance during the year against the seven outcomes as
set down in the Portfolio Budget Statements 2012–13. These outcomes are:
This report details the operation of the nine Acts the department administers that do not report separately, focusing on how the statutory requirements of the Acts were met during the reporting year and how the Acts were administered. The Acts covered are:
Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999
Natural Heritage Trust of Australia Act 1997
Product Stewardship Act 2011
Product Stewardship (Oil) Act 2000
Fuel Quality Standards Act 2000
Hazardous Waste (Regulation of Exports and Imports) Act 1989
Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management Act 1989
Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards Act 2005
Water Act 2007.
Appendices include additional information on the department’s: workforce profile;work, health and safety;grants programs;advertising and marketing expenditure;freedom of information;corrections to material errors in the 2011–12 annual report;global reporting initiative;agency resources statement 2012–13andexpenses for outcomes.
This section contains the department’s audited financial statements for the year ended 30 June 2013.
Glossary, list of requirements and index
A glossary of terms and acronyms, a list of requirements for locating mandatory and suggested information and an alphabetic index are included.
Other portfolio annual reports
The portfolio provides separate annual reports for the following: