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Environmental Performance

The NIAA has a responsibility to the Australian Government and the wider community to minimise the impact of our operations on the environment.

In 2019–20 we continued to mitigate the effects of our impact on the environment by:

  • including environmental impacts in our purchasing policies where appropriate
  • complying with all relevant Commonwealth, state and territory environmental legislation, regulations, policies and initiatives
  • using technology such as videoconferencing to facilitate meetings with interstate colleagues where appropriate
  • co-locating with other agencies in regional locations as leases expire or when opportunities arise.

During 2019–20, we minimised our impacts on the environment in the areas of energy efficiency, waste and water use by:

  • maintaining a National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS) 5 star base building rating for building energy at Charles Perkins house, 16 Bowes Place, Woden ACT
  • increasing from a 4 star to a 4.5 star NABERS energy tenancy rating at Jacana house, 39 Wood St, Darwin NT
  • reducing environmental impact through usage of solar system installed in the Ceduna office
  • monitoring energy usage at our properties across Australia to identify potential savings
    • In 2019–20, energy consumption for tenant light and power in NIAA commercial properties was 5,899 MJ per FTE. This is 1,601 MJ per FTE below the Energy Efficiency in Government Operations Policy target of 7,500 MJ per FTE
  • moving to a ‘paper-light office’ by supporting the use of electronic document management as well as flexible mobile technology solutions for staff
  • using energy saver mode for most office equipment when not in use
  • purchasing up to 10 per cent of the energy for tenant power from green power
  • sources for Canberra offices.