Covering note for the Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate Annual Report 2010–11 VI




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Annual Report 2010–11

ISBN 978-1-921117-11-4

© Australian Capital Territory, Canberra 2011

This work is copyright. Apart from any use as permitted under the Copyright Act 1968, no part may be reproduced by any process without written permission from the Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate.

GPO Box 158, Canberra City ACT 2601

Website: www.act.gov.au

Enquiries about this publication should be directed to the Directorate on 13 22 81.

Design by Papercut for the Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate.

Printed on recycled paper

The ACT Government is committed to making its information, services, events and venues accessible to as many people as possible. If you have difficulty reading a standard printed document and would like to receive this publication in an alternative format — such as large print or audio — please telephone (02) 6207 7307. If English is not your first language and you require the translating and interpreting service — please telephone 131 450. If you are deaf or hearing impaired and require the TTY typewriter service — please telephone (02) 6207 2622.

Contents

Transmittal Certificate v

Covering note for the Environment and Sustainable Development
Directorate Annual Report 2010–11 vi


Section A

A1 – The organisation 2

A2 – Overview 5

A3 – Highlights 6

A4 – Outlook 11

A5 – Management Discussion and Analysis 12

A6 – Financial Report 30

A7 – Statement of Performance 186

A8 – Strategic Indicators 213

A9 – Analysis of Agency Performance 217

A10 – Triple Bottom Line report 255

Section B

B1 – Community engagement 258

B2 – Internal and External Scrutiny 263

B3 – Legislative Assembly Committee Inquiries and Reports 264

B4 – Legislative Report 280

Section C

C1 – Risk management and internal audit 284

C2 – Fraud prevention 286

C3 – Public interest disclosure 287

C4 – Freedom of information 288

C5 – Internal accountability 291

C6 – HR Performance 298

C7 – Staffing Profile 300

C8 – Learning and Development 303

C9 – Workplace Health and Safety 306

C10 – Workplace relations 308

C12 – Strategic Asset Management 309

C13 – Capital works 311

C14 – Government Contracting 318

C15 – Community grants/assistance/sponsorship 321

C16 – Territory Records Act 2002 325

C17 – Human Rights Act 2004 326

C18 – Commissioner for the Environment 327

C19 – ACT Multicultural Strategy 328

C20 – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Reporting 330

C21 – Ecologically sustainable development 332

C22 – ACT Women’s Plan 2010–2015 342

C23 – Model Litigant Guidelines 344

C24 – ACT Strategic Plan for Positive Aging 2010–2014 345

Annexed Reports

Environment Protection Authority 348

Conservator of Flora and Fauna 354

ACT Heritage Council 358

Compliance Index 362

Omissions Index 364

List of abbreviations and acronyms 365

Alphabetical Index 368

Transmittal Certificate

Covering note for the Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate Annual Report 2010–11

The Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate (ESDD) was created on 17 May 2011 under Administrative Arrangements 2011 (No 1). The Directorate brought under one administrative unit:

  • the former Department of the Environment, Climate Change, Energy and Water (DECCEW);

  • transport and conservation planning functions from the former Department of Territory and Municipal Services;

  • heritage functions and the ACT Government Architect from the former Chief Minister’s Department; and

  • the functions of the ACT Planning and Land Authority (ACTPLA).

Under the Chief Minister’s 2010–11 Annual Report Directions, ACTPLA is required to provide a separate annual report. The functions of ESDD formerly located within ACTPLA are being reported, for 2010–11, in the ACT Planning and Land Authority annual report, accessible from the ESDD website.

Under the Chief Minister’s 2010–11 Annual Report Directions, the Commissioner for the Environment is required to provide a separate annual report; however, as the Directorate provides corporate support to the Commissioner, sections A5–7, C1–C3, C7, C10 and C19–20 and C23–24 of this report include data for the Office of the Commissioner for the Environment (OCSE).

Unless otherwise specified in the relevant section, this ESDD report contains information relating to the former DECCEW, transport planning, conservation planning, heritage and the OCSE as listed above, for the whole of the 2010–11 reporting year.

Section A

A1 – The organisation

The ACT Government has undertaken widespread structural reform of the ACT Public Service to help strengthen its capacity to serve the people of Canberra and deliver on key priorities, including its vision, as articulated in the Canberra Plan:

Canberra will be recognised throughout the world as a truly sustainable and creative city; as a community that is socially inclusive – acknowledging and supporting those who are vulnerable and in need and enabling all to reach their full potential; as a centre of economic growth and innovation; as the proud capital of the nation and home of its pre-eminent cultural institutions; as a place of great natural beauty.

The creation of the Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate (the Directorate) on 17 May 2011 reflects the Government’s strong commitment to ensuring a sustainable future for Canberra. The Directorate brings together the key policy levers and service delivery areas which will assist the Government to deliver its ambitious sustainability policies and targets across a range of areas including climate change, waste, heritage, planning policy (including transport planning), and development, natural resource management, energy and water.

The Directorate is complemented by the regulation and enforcement capacity provided through the statutory functions of the ACT Planning and Land Authority (under the Planning and Development Act 2007) the Conservator of Flora and Fauna, the Environment Protection Authority and the Clinical Waste Controller.

The Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate will work across the government and business sectors and the broader community to deliver its vision.

Functions

Given the infancy of the Directorate, a number of key organisational documents, including a corporate plan, are still under development. However, for the period 2010–11 the then Department of the Environment, Climate Change, Energy and Water (DECCEW) operated under its Corporate Plan 2010–2014.

The Corporate Plan 2010–2014 clearly set out the then Department’s purpose, strategic priorities, values, operating principles and actions. The Department’s branches developed business plans that reflected the strategic priorities identified in the corporate plan, along with the detailed work programs necessary to deliver these priorities.

The Corporate Plan 2010–2014 translated the then Department’s role in sustainability into five strategic priorities, these being:

  • leading the community towards making Canberra a zero net emitter;

  • promoting sustainable, secure and equitable energy supply;

  • securing sustainable water resources;

  • protecting our environment and promoting contemporary best-practice environmental standards; and

  • excellence in public service.

The Directorate will build on these priorities to ensure delivery of the Government’s broader sustainability vision.

The Directorate will review its corporate and business planning processes to reflect Government priorities, and will review the Statement of Planning Intent to reflect the Minister’s stated directions and priorities for planning in the ACT.

Values

The Directorate is a ‘values based’ organisation, committed to excellence in the field of public administration, upholding and promoting public service values at all times and demonstrating our commitment to the principles of sustainability. Our core values are:

  • Collaboration

  • Leadership

  • Innovative

  • Inspirational

  • Influential

  • Respectful

  • Recognised

  • Responsive

  • Professionalism

  • Integrity

These values help us focus on how we conduct our business and provide a framework for decisions and actions that ultimately affect the quality of service. These values will be reviewed in conjunction with the development of the Directorate’s new corporate plan.

Structure and stakeholders

Establishing the new Directorate has been a complex task. A proposed structure provided a platform for a series of staff consultation meetings and individual and/or group discussions with the Director-General. The proposed (high level) structure is below; further information is provided in section C5 of this report.

Our key stakeholders are:

  • Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development (formerly the Minister for the Environment, Climate Change and Water and Minister for Energy)

  • Chief Minister and Cabinet;

  • ACT Legislative Assembly;

  • ACT residents, community groups, business/industry groups;

  • community-based planning, heritage, natural resource management and environment groups;

  • ACT, Commonwealth and other state and territory government agencies and councils;

  • Ministerial and other councils;

  • statutory and non-statutory committees;

  • academic institutions;

  • ACTEW;

  • suppliers and contractors; and

  • the ACT’s environment.

A2 – Overview

2010–11 saw the Directorate consolidate its achievements from 2009–10 and progress several high priority Government initiatives. The Directorate also continued to provide the Minister with strategic advice on policy development, service delivery (for example, the administration of rebates and incentives to help make Canberra’s homes, gardens, schools and businesses more energy and water efficient), and whole-of-government sustainability issues. It continued to work with other ACT Government agencies on issues of across-government importance.

Direction and leadership of the Directorate was provided through the Executive Management Board, comprising the Director-General (formerly Chief Executive), Deputy Director-General (formerly Deputy Chief Executive) and Directors.

As described above, the major organisational change during the year was the formation of the Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate, comprising the former DECCEW and the former ACTPLA, the Transport Planning and Conservation Planning and Research areas of the former Department of Territory and Municipal Services, and the ACT Heritage Unit and Government Architect from the former Chief Minister’s Department. Further detailed information on the structure of the Directorate can be found in section C5 of the report.

The Directorate is currently in the process of developing workforce and human resource management strategies. The then Department’s workforce and human resource management strategies are articulated in section C of this report.

The Directorate administers a variety of legislation including:

  • Environment Protection Act 1997;

  • Water Resources Act 2007;

  • Nature Conservation Act 1980;

  • Electricity Feed-in (Renewable Energy Premium) Act 2008;

  • Planning and Development Act 2007;

  • ACT Heritage Act 2004; and

  • Utilities Act 2000.

A full list of legislation administered by the Directorate is at section B4.

Officers of the Directorate hold statutory roles, such as Conservator for Flora and Fauna and support statutory committees such as the ACT Natural Resource Management Advisory Committee, Flora and Fauna Committee and ACT Heritage Council.

Under the ACT Government’s Administrative Arrangements the Directorate has administrative responsibility for the Commissioner for the Environment Act 1993. The office of the Commissioner for the Environment is created under this Act and operates independently to the Directorate. The Directorate provides staffing, human resource and finance support to the Office of the Commissioner for the Environment.

A3 – Highlights

The Directorate achieved significant and tangible outcomes in 2010–11.

Policy development

Policy and legislative progress on climate change

In October 2010, the ACT Government passed the Climate Change and Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act 2010 (the Act) in the Legislative Assembly, introducing the most ambitious greenhouse gas reduction targets in the country. The Act establishes ACT targets for zero net greenhouse gas emissions by 2060; peaking per capita emissions by 2013; 40 per cent of 1990 levels by 2020; and 80 per cent of 1990 levels by 2050.

In addition, the legislation:

  • mandates regular reporting to the Legislative Assembly on the ACT’s greenhouse gas emissions trends;

  • establishes a Climate Change Council to provide independent advice on climate change issues as they affect business and the wider community; and

  • encourages private organisations and industries to take action through voluntary sector agreements with government.

In 2011, the ACT Government will release Weathering the Change Action Plan 2 to guide the ACT to achieve the legislated greenhouse gas reduction targets.

Feed-in tariff – micro and medium Scale

The Territory’s emission reduction targets require significant development of renewable energy sources. Locally, the ACT advanced the country’s most ambitious renewable energy scheme through the renewable energy feed-in tariff arrangements.

The ACT Feed-in Tariff (FiT) Scheme commenced on 1 March 2009 and pays a premium price for renewable energy generation in the ACT. The scheme has proven a great success and has been warmly embraced by the ACT community. In February 2011 the Legislative Assembly passed amendments to the scheme:

  • renaming the existing household component as Micro Generator;

  • creating the Medium Generator and the Community Based Generation category for generators between 30kW and 200kW (category cap of 15MW);

  • introducing capacity caps for both new categories (15MW each);

  • providing a mechanism by which the premium price applicable to each category may be set and reviewed; and

  • extending the scheme eligibility to include not-for-profit community organisations.

The result of the FiT Scheme is that more than 6000 rooftop solar installations on household, community group and business premises now provide clean energy from the sun.

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