The AEC’s physical assets are managed on an end-of-life or end-of-lease schedule.
These include machines, equipment and office fit-outs. Asset management is not a significant aspect of the AEC’s strategic business, and service and maintenance agreements are used when they represent value for money.
Environmental performance and sustainable development
In accordance with section 516A of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, the AEC reports on environmental performance and measures that minimise environmental impact, including:
- recommendations of the Australian National Audit Office’s Performance Audit Report No.47 of 1998–99
- the Department of Environment and Energy’s Energy Efficiency in Government Operations policy
- fleet monitoring guidelines for use of ethanol
Our full environment management commitment is on the AEC website.
Standards, programs and innovative practices are in place to improve energy efficiency and minimise the effect of office operations on the environment. These include:
- recycling paper, cardboard, plastics, aluminium, glass, and toner cartridges
- applying double-sided default printer settings
- using recyclable products where possible
- conserving water
- promoting E10 petrol for AEC vehicles and selecting vehicles in accordance with Department of Finance policy
- considering environmental impacts in the design and layout of new and upgraded accommodation
For 2018–19 energy used across all AEC premises was 14,023.69 megajoules per person. This represents a 18.21 per cent increase on the previous year, due to extended office hours during by-elections and the 2019 federal election.
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