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Appendix 5 - Ecologically sustainable development and environmental performance

This appendix comprises the department’s report on its ecologically sustainable development and environmental performance as required by section 516A of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (the EPBC Act). During the reporting period, the department continued to ensure that policy activities, administration of legislated activities and other operations accorded with, and enacted, ecologically sustainable development principles. We pursued these principles through a combination of multilateral environment agreements, international legal frameworks, foreign, trade and aid policies, and property and corporate management policies.