The Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment is an independent statutory position established in 1993 as one of the first independent Commissioners for the Environment in the world and the first in Australia. The Office of the Commissioner celebrated its 20th anniversary on July 1, 2013 with a joint celebration with previous commissioners and the publication of Leading the Way: 20 years of the ACT Environment Commissioner.
State of the environment reporting
State of the environment reporting is a requirement of the ACT Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment Act 1993; the Commissioner undertakes a State of the Environment Report every four years.
In 2012–13, the Directorate provided input on the conceptual framework for the 2015 ACT State of the Environment Report. The Directorate continues to support the Commissioner as required.
In accordance with a motion passed in the Legislative Assembly on Thursday 27 February 2014, the Commissioner chaired a roundtable event on 14 April 2014 for key stakeholders to discuss the Nature Conservation Bill Exposure Draft (released for public consultation between 31 October and 13 December 2013). The Commissioner’s report on the roundtable was tabled in the ACT Legislative Assembly in May 2014 by Minister Corbell.
AP2 implementation status
In 2013–14, the Directorate met regularly with the Office of the Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment regarding progress of actions under AP2. The Office of the Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment will, for the first time in 2014 (and subsequently in 2017 and 2020), publish periodic implementation status reports on the implementation of the ACT Government climate change policies.
For more information see the Annual Report of the Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment.
The Directorate is facilitating a 200 MW Wind Auction to help meet the Government’s 90% renewable energy target by 2020.