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Assets management

Physical assets

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.

Information communications and technology–responding to COVID-19

The AEC responded quickly to COVID-19 and established home-based operations for employees. We used agile processes and the AEC’s scalable ICT infrastructure to:

  • prepare and deploy approximately 200 laptops across our national and state offices
  • introduce digital mail delivery
  • boost telephony and remote-access capacity to support the increased demand of network activity
  • provide teleconferencing to support a 50 per cent increase in use
  • support 760 staff to work from home through the AEC network

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 and glass 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 2019–20, energy used across all AEC premises was 13,404.56 megajoules per person. This represents a 4.41 per cent decrease on the previous year, due to reduced office hours as a result of increased working from home arrangements in response to COVID-19. The National Electoral Education Centre in Canberra was accredited as an ACTSmart business for the 11th year.