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ENVIRONMENTAL PERFORMANCE AND ECOLOGICALLY SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

Section 516A of the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 {EPBC Act) requires Australian Government organisations-including authorities such as Outback Stores to include in their Annual Report a section detailing their environmental performance and their contribution to Ecologically Sustainable Development {ESD). In doing this, Outback Stores is committed to the principles of ESD as detailed in section 3A of the EPBC Act.

The following table details Outback Stores’ ESD activities in accordance with section 516A{6) of the EPBC Act 1999.

Activity

How it accords with the principles

How it furthers or advances ESD principles

Recycling plan

Integrating both long and short-term economic, environmental considerations.

A recycling plan is implemented and maintained in the national office to reduce waste

Store refrigeration

Recognising and considering the environmental impacts of actions and policies.

Refrigeration in stores is upgraded accordingly to reduce power consumption and swapping to more efficient refrigerant gas in new equipment.

Lighting for stores and housing

Recognising and considering the environmental impacts of actions and policies

Remote stores and manager housing are fitted with energy- efficient lighting, where possible, to reduce power consumption.

Hot water for stores and housing

Recognising and considering the environmental impacts of actions and policies

Solar hot water systems are installed in stores and housing, where possible.

Sale of white goods

Maintaining company competitiveness in an environmentally sound manner

All environmental impacts are considered when purchasing all new equipment.

Purchasing new equipment

Integrating both long and short-term economic, environmental considerations.

All environmental impacts are considered when purchasing new equipment.

Capital improvement programs

Integrating both long and short-term economic, environmental considerations.

All environmental impacts are considered as part of the process of identifying capital improvement programs.

Upgrading computers

Recognising and considering the environmental impacts of actions and policies.

Computers are upgraded accordingly.

OUTBACK STORES’ APPROACH TO IMPLEMENTING ESD PRINCIPLES

Outback Stores was established to improve access to affordable healthy food in remote Indigenous communities - our primary focus is on economic and social outcomes, rather than environmental outcomes.

We have continued our efforts to reduce Outback Stores’ carbon footprint through various measures such as implementing more sustainable energy practices, water management and Waste management. We are continuing the development of programs at our national office and remote stores to reduce environmental impacts and although we are yet to develop metrics to monitor our carbon footprint, we are committed to continual improvement in environmental performance management.

RISK MANAGEMENT

Outback Stores Risk Management process is a structured approach to the management of risk, ensuring to establish systems for the ongoing monitoring and review of business risks.

This process also ensures that Outback Stores’ approach to risk management is centred on continuous improvement in the risk management systems and processes the organisation adopts.

The business’ risk register is reviewed quarterly by the Senior Leadership
Team and the Audit and Risk Committee, providing assurance and overview of risk management to the Board.

SIGNIFICANT ACTIVITIES AND CHANGES AFFECTING THE COMPANY

There were no significant activities and changes affecting the Company in the 2019-2020 Financial year.

DISCLOSURE REQUIREMENTS FOR GOVERNMENT BUSINESS ENTERPRISES

Outback Stores is not currently a government business enterprise and hence has no reporting requirement for this Annual Report relating to changes in financial conditions and community service obligations or information that is commercially prejudicial.

MINISTERIAL DIRECTIONS AND GENERAL POLICY ORDERS

There have been no Ministerial Directions, General Policies or General Policy Orders issued to Outback Stores.

JUDICIAL DECISIONS AND REVIEWS BY OUTSIDE BODIES

There were no judicial decisions or decisions of administrative tribunals that had a significant effect on Outback Stores’ operations during 2019-2020 The Commonwealth Ombudsman received no complaints regarding Outback Stores.