Annual Report 1998-1999




This was the first financial year following the production release of the 1997 State of the Environment Report, for the ACT and the Australian Capital Region, on interactive CD-ROM. 

In this year, I took the opportunity to address several of the objectives I had identified in the 1997 State of the Environment Report for the ACT.  These particularly related to review of Indicators for the next State of the Environment Report in 2000, and investigation of the uptake of International Standards Organisation (ISO) 14000 in the ACT and the Region. 

In accordance with my authority under 12(1)(c) of the Commissioner for the Environment Act 1993I (the Act), I initiated an investigation into the implementation of the ACT Government's strategy No Waste by 2010

This is the first year since my appointment in 1993 that I have felt office resources allowed for such an investigation.

In response to complaints received, I also commenced several new investigations including two following on from my May 1998 report Investigation into the ACT Government's Use of Chemicals for Pest Control

We were very pleased to have the Minister for Urban Services officially launch our first Website on 4 June, for World Environment Day 1999. 

The address is


Our Organisation

We continue to be a very small team, with my appointment as part-time (approximately 80 days a year), supported by two permanent full-time officers. 

In the second half of 1998-99, after more than five years in the ACT Health Building in Civic, we moved premises to Dame Pattie Menzies House in Dickson. 

From 1 April 1999, we adjusted our staff temporarily, as part of our preparation of the 2000 State of the Environment Report, and our involvement in the Australian Capital Region Local Government Development Project.  Our staff will expand further during 1999-2000, and subsequently will contract again, once that report is completed.

Our organisation has been supported since 1993-94 by the voluntary services of reference groups who provide expert comment on each of the five environmental themes in our state of the environment reports.

In acknowledgement of the valuable and continuing resource provided free of charge, we have listed members of those reference groups in the section on Resources.

Dr Joe Baker OBE, FTSE, M.Sc.,Ph.D.,FRACI
Commissioner for the Environment ACT


Legislative Framework

I have two main functions under the Commissioner for the Environment Act 1993, specific investigations and state of the environment reporting. 

Section 12 (1) of the Commissioner for the Environment Act states:

The Commissioner has the following functions:

  1. investigating complaints regarding the management of the environment by the Territory or a Territory authority;
  2. conducting such investigations as may be directed by the Minister;
  3. conducting, of his or her own motion, investigations into actions of an agency where those actions would have a substantial impact on the environment of the Territory.

I function as an environmental ombudsman under 12(1)(a). 

Under section 21 of the Act, investigations conducted under paragraphs 12(1)(b) and 12(1)(c) require preparation of a "special report" on that investigation.  See also the section of this report on "Special annual reporting requirements" for the recommendations arising from an investigation conducted under 12(1)(b) and tabled in June 1998, Government's response to those recommendations, and my report on their implementation to date.

The second function is to produce triennial state of the environment reports for the ACT by 31 March in each pre-election year.

Under subsection 19 (2), a State of the Environment Report shall include -

  1. an assessment of the condition of the environment, including an assessment of such of the following matters as the Commissioner considers necessary:
    2. the components of the earth, including soil, the atmosphere and water;    
    3. any organic or inorganic matter and any living organism;    
    4. human made or modified structures and areas;    
    5. ecosystems and their constituent parts, including people and communities;    
    6. the qualities and characteristics of places and areas that contribute to their biological diversity and ecological integrity, scientific value and amenity;    
    7. the interactions and interdependencies within and between the things mentioned in subparagraphs (i) to (v) (inclusive);    
    8. the social, aesthetic, cultural and economic conditions that affect, or are affected by, the things mentioned in subparagraphs (i) to (v) (inclusive);
  3. an evaluation of the adequacy and effectiveness of environmental management, including an assessment about the degree of compliance with national environment protection measures made by the National Environment Protection Council; and
  4. such other matters, whether or not occurring within the triennium to which the report relates, as -
    1. the Minister specifies by notice in writing given to the Commissioner; or
    2. the Commissioner considers relevant.

Details in 19(2)(a) are the same as for the definition of the environment in the Environment Protection Act 1997.  It is a broader definition of the environment than that which many other jurisdictions have adopted.  It clearly includes humans as part of the environment, together with our social, aesthetic, cultural and economic structures.  This definition settles any possible argument about whether human settlement should be included in our state of the environment reports. 

A further requirement under the Commissioner for the Environment Act is that by 30 September in each pre-election year, the Minister shall present to the Legislative Assembly -

  1. a statement setting out the Government's response to the State of the Environment Report presented to the Legislative Assembly in that year; or
  2. a statement setting out the reasons why the Government's response has not been made available in accordance with paragraph (a).

My Annual Report for 1997-98 addressed recommendations from the 1997 State of the Environment Report, and any implementation by Government.  (See my section "Special annual reporting requirements" for follow-up of Government actions to 30 June 1999.) 

State of the environment reporting for the Australian Capital Region has introduced a timing complexity with NSW Local Governments being required to report comprehensively on the state of the environment after every (4 yearly) election, and the reports for the ACT being due before every (3 yearly) Assembly election.  I am seeking a solution to this through appropriate channels.  



1. State of the Environment Reporting

Preparation for the 2000 SoE Report

In the Executive Summary to the 1997 ACT State of the Environment (SoE) Report, I stated that this Office would work with Federal, ACT and NSW Local Governments in the Australian Capital Region (ACR), and River Catchment Management Committees, to obtain agreement on the core environmental Indicators which are relevant for the Region, and to determine what measurements, monitoring and arrangements for transfer of data should be put into practice, to allow proper assessment of those Indicators. 

We held a workshop on 9 December 1998 to identify the Issues and Indicators to be used in the next SoE Report, due in 2000. 

More than 70 people from a wide cross-section of Government and interest groups within the ACT and the Region attended, including a number of Reference Group members who had helped with preparation of the 1997 SoE Report.  We used Issues and Indicators for the 1997 SoE Report as a starting point for discussion.  

In arriving at the draft Indicators that were circulated for comment in March 1999, we primarily took into account the feedback from the workshop. We also reviewed the Indicators developed for national SoE reporting, the subset of national core Indicators developed by the ANZECC Taskforce on State of the Environment Reporting and the Indicators and Issues in the most recent SoE reports produced by other States.

The workshop did not specifically address the Themes used/to be used.  However, from our analysis of other SoE Reports and arising from our own observations of the need to include in our SoE Reports a better understanding of progress towards ecologically sustainable development, we have added a new Theme, Towards Sustainability. The content and structure of that Theme will be developed during 1999-2000, in the course of preparing the 2000 SoE Report. 

(The NSW Local Government Act 1993 also now requires councils to report against progress towards sustainability in their SoE reports.)

Themes and Issues to be addressed in the 2000 SoE Report were confirmed with the newly appointed Reference Groups in May 1999, and final comments sought on the Indicators to be used. 

Detailed descriptions of the final list of Indicators are being prepared for comment during 1999-2000, and inclusion on our new Website. 

Distribution - 1997 SoE Report

Through development of a communication strategy, we more actively promoted the  processes and products of our office during the year. 

To 30 June 1998, we passed out 28 complimentary copies of the CD-ROM SoE Report and sold a further 148.

We have maintained our target of at least one public presentation a month since development of the strategy., and have had a number of articles appear in a variety of publications. 

Environment Committee of the Regional Leaders' Forum

The Australian Capital Region SoE Report was the first major undertaking of the Regional Leaders' Forum (RLF).  It was instrumental in consolidating the member bodies as a cohesive productive group.

In July 1998, the Forum agreed to the establishment of an Environment Committee with the functions to -

  • Share information relating to data needs, data sources, data collection protocols, techniques of assessment, analysis, etc., surveys (eg vegetation) and possibilities for resource sharing, and environmental consultants/ consultancies and their briefing
  • Prepare a catalogue of relevant environmental information
  • Liaise and coordinate with State agencies on regional issues
  • Act as a resource providing information on impacts and responses to legislative change
  • Consider options and costing for future Regional SoE reporting
  • Present recommendations to the RLF on regional environmental issues, including SoE reporting
  • Consult with ACR Development Council, Conservation Council of SE Region, Catchment Landcare and other relevant groups on an "as needs" basis, prior to making recommendations to Regional Leaders, and
  • Provide an annual report on activities to the RLF

Government bodies in the Region each paid $150 to this office to assist with the cost of secretariat support and administration of the Committee. 

Twelve of the eighteen jurisdictions in the Region are represented on the Environment Committee. 

Members of the Committee have worked cooperatively during the year to achieve agreement by the Regional Leaders' Forum to a second SoE Report in 2000 and also to obtain a grant under the Commonwealth Local Government Development Program to: -

  • enhance the CD-ROM functionality and create a template for other regions to adopt/adapt for SoE reporting
  • develop an ESD assessment package to relate the condition of the environment and associated processes to progress towards ecologically sustainable development, and
  • develop a standardised approach across government bodies in the region to the collection and recording of relevant local data.

The Institute for Sustainable Futures (University of Technology, Sydney) has partnered with the Region to develop the ESD assessment package during 1999-2000.

Uptake of ISO 14000

In the first half of the year, we had the advantage of a student from the Australian National University Internship Program who workedworking with us on another of the recommendations in the 1997 ACT SoE Report - to determine the commitment by business and industry to the ISO 9000 series and the ISO 14000 series codes of practice, and the way in which the adoption of those codes is leading to enhanced environmental outcomes. 

ISO 9000 is an international quality management standard.

ISO 14000 is an international environmental management standard.

The report arising from this work, Steps Towards Sustainability - Directions for the Australian Capital Region Business Sector, is available from this office.



2. Investigation into the ACT Government's Use of Chemicals for Pest Control

Summary statistics for investigations under section 12 of the Act during 1998-99 are:

12(1)(a) (complaints)

Complaints received: 7
Number of investigations commenced: 3
Decision to investigate pending: 2
No formal investigation: 2
Number completed: Nil
12(1)(b) (Minister-directed) Nil

12(1)(c) (Commissioner-initiated)

Number commenced: 1
Decision to investigate pending 1

At 30 June 1999, there were four matters formally under current investigation by this Office.   All are expected to be completed during 1999-2000. 

The completion of our Investigation into the ACT Government's Use of Chemicals for Pest Control generated two further investigations during 1998-99. 

A complaint received in February 1999 led to further investigation of the ACT Government's arrangements for notifying the public of the application of pest control substances.  At the instigation of Environment ACT, a "round-table" forum was convened in early June 1999.  Stakeholder members included purchasers and providers from ACT Government agencies, representatives of the pest control industry and of relevant community groups.  The forum will continue to address the notification issues and attempt to arrive at agreed solutions in 1999-2000.

For my initial investigation, evidence had been provided on behalf of the group, Chemical Awareness in Schools.  A representative of that group approached this Office again in April 1999 about the attempts her group had made to raise awareness and effect change in the use of chemicals by the Department of Education and Community Services in ACT schools.   The use of chemicals in schools was also raised as a matter of public importance by Kerrie Tucker, MLA in the Assembly on 22 April 1999, and again during Estimates Committee hearings. The Estimates Committee recommended that I take action in that regard. 

I am currently investigating whether circumstances are appropriate to proceed to a formal investigation in relation to two other matters raised with me in the last half of the year.  One relates to the Environment Protection Policy on Motorsports Noise, and the other on management of Aboriginal heritage. 

Two other matters were raised with this office - about treatment of a wallaby in Glebe Park and about alleged illegal plumbing connections. Neither proceeded to a formal investigation.

As indicated at the beginning of this section, for the first time since the creation of this office, I initiated an investigation under paragraph 12 (1)(c) of the Act in March 1999.  This was on the ACT Government's progress towards no waste by 2010on "A wWaste Management Strategy for Canberra - No Waste by 2010".  The Department of Urban Services, Waste Management Unit committed to pay for Morris Consultants to conduct the research for the six Terms of Reference for the investigation which we worked out in consultation with the Waste Management Unit.

In addition, potential for dioxin emissions from the Totalcare Incinerator at Mitchell was reported by the Conservation Council for Canberra and the South-East Region in 1997(?), and from a resolution by the Legislative Assembly, the then Minister asked that I consider an investigation.  Resources did not permit an investigation at the time.

Publicity through Greenpeace, the Conservation Council and Kerrie Tucker, MLA has resulted in measurements being taken of dioxin emissions from that incinerator.  I am considering a formal investigation and have requested relevant information from Totalcare.  This subject was also raised in Estimates Committee which recommended action by the Commissioner for the Environment. 


Special Annual Reporting Requirements

Section 20 of the Commissioner for the Environment Act reads: A report presented, or information provided, by the Commissioner under section 8 of the Annual Reports (Government Agencies) Act 1995 in respect of a period shall include particulars of

  1. any special factor which the Commissioner believes had a significant impact on the environment during the period
  2. measures taken during the period by or on behalf of the Territory in relation to the implementation of any recommendation in a State of the Environment Report under section 19 or a special Report under section 21
  3. any recommendation in such a report which the Commissioner believes is still to be implemented or fully implemented.

Special factors with significant impacts on the environment

International special factors

  • Beginning of planning for the 2002 "Rio +10" conference on Sustainable Development
  • Debate on impact of genetically modified organisms on native species of plants and animals
  • World-wide population passed 6 billion, increasing human pressures on space and resources
  • Forest clearing and burning in Indonesia

National special factors

  • Continuation of grants under National Heritage Trust
  • Release of Australia's Marine Science and Technology plan - towards a greater understanding of Australia's marine environment
  • Progress on National Environment Protection Measures (NEPMs).  NEPMs completed are for ambient air quality, movement of controlled waste between States and Territories, the National Pollutant Inventory and used packaging materials.  A further NEPM under development is for assessment of site contamination. 

Special factors in the ACT

  • In late December 1998 a diesel oil seepage was identified from Parliament House, through Parliament House lawns into the stormwater system and Lake Burley Griffin.  It was traced to a punctured pipe, and the problem addressed.  At the end of the reporting period, the program was still in place in Lotus Bay to contain any leaks.  I am intending to follow this up in the context of my next state of the environment report. 
  • Dioxin emissions from the Totalcare incinerator at Mitchell were tested and found to be more than 200 times the European Union standard for safe maximum emissions.  There are no standards for dioxin emissions in Australia.  I will be able to report further on this in my Annual Report for 1999-2000
  • Errors in application of pest control chemicals in pre-school areas, and in areas where commemorative native trees were recently planted.  As stated elsewhere in this Report, I have grave concerns about continuing the use of chemical pest control substances without careful consideration of all alternative methods of pest control.  While these incidents were localised, they do exemplify the need for greater consideration of alternatives to chemical use, particularly in school grounds.  I will be reporting further in my 1999-2000 Annual Report on this subject.
  • Loss of heritage trees on Acton Peninsula for development of the National Museum of Australia.  I am intending to follow this up in the context of my next state of the environment report. 
  • One of the Region's most severe droughts, with the Burrinjuck falling to 7% capacity, broke around the start of the reporting period, leading to the wettest winter on record.  The weather pattern led to a bumper season for Paterson's Curse reported in the Canberra Times as "thriving as never before in the ACT and the Region this season". 
  • The weed control program for Serrated tussock has been effectively stalled, pending identification of an alternative effective treatment.  Serrated tussock is one of the most widespread weeds in the Territory and in the Region.  Manufacture of the chemical substance that had previously been used ceased during 1998-99. 
  • A mandatory energy efficiency rating of residential homes prior to sale was introduced.  The impact of this system will be medium to long term, rather than immediate, but I believe it has the potential to contribute significantly to raising awareness of the benefits of design in the reduction of energy use.
  • Action plans for threatened species (reported elsewhere in this Report)
  • Commencement of the production of Green choice power in the ACT, by ACTEW. 
  • December 1998 - Passage of the Water Resources Act 1998 that will establish environmental flow guidelines

State of the Environment Report -
Government response to recommendations

In this section, I comment on progress on implementation of SoE Report recommendations which I considered in 1997-98 to be not fully implemented by the ACT Government or its agencies. The experience of doing this follow-up reporting for the first time has taught me that both this Office and Government need to collaborate to identify a better process for this type of reporting.

In approaching the matter of following-up implementation of the 19 recommendations in the 1997 SoE Report, we were satisfied that some matters could be addressed at the Agency level.

However, for others, where Government had given "in-principle" agreement, without identifying a specific Agency responsibility, actions or timeframes within which to implement the recommendation, there appeared to be little gain in continuing a debate at the Agency level.  I therefore sought the assistance of the Minister for Urban Services to have Government reconsider its response to some of the recommendations in the 1997 SoE Report.

I have also undertaken to work with Environment ACT in their role as coordinating Agency ofor matters relating to SoE reporting, on creating a better system in relation to SoE recommendations, Government responses and Commissioner for the Environment annual reporting on Government progress on implementing recommendations from SoE and special reports. 

My aim is to have actions arising from recommendations from SoE Reports incorporated into the budget and output reporting processes, so the link between SoE Reports and management is transparent for all. 

For practical reporting purposes in this Annual Report, I have retained the 1997 recommendation and Government's initial response of "agreed" or "agreed in principle".  This is followed by "Government progress to 30 June 1999" and my comments on the extent to which each recommendation is considered now to be implemented.  In future annual Reports one would not expect to see the phrase "Agreed in principle". 

Details of the Government's initial response (December 1997) and action to 30 June 1998 can be found in my Annual Report of 1997-98 

A list of the recommendations and the Government responses from the State of the Environment Report 1997, and the Commmissioner's comments to these responses.

Investigation into the ACT Government's Use of Chemicals for Pest Control -
Government response to recommendations

As mentioned in my Annual Report for 1997-98, I completed my Investigation into the ACT Government's Use of Chemicals for Pest Control in May 1998.  The investigation was at the direction of the (then) Minister for Environment, Land and Planning under 12(1)(b) of the Commissioner for the Environment Act.  As such, my report became a special report under section 21 of the Commissioner for the Environment Act, for tabling by the Minister.  This occurred in June 1998. The response by Government was tabled in September 1998. 

The terms of reference for the investigation, as agreed by the Steering Committee and approved by the Minister, were:

  1. assessment of the types and quantities of chemicals used for the control of pests
  2. the effectiveness of existing chemical programs for the control of pests, including opportunities for reduction in the use of chemicals
  3. the health and safety aspects of chemical use on the general community and workers applying chemicals
  4. public notification of chemical control programs
  5. the need for transparent processes to ensure community input on ACT chemical control programs
  6. the need to integrate ESD Precautionary Principles in policy decisions regarding chemicals use
  7. the potential impact of chemicals on non-target fauna and flora
  8. non-toxic alternatives for control of pests
  9. other relevant issues.

Terms of reference and recommendations were listed in my Annual Report of 1997-98. 

My recommendations, the Government's response and follow-up of action taken during 1998-99 are reported below, along with my comments on the extent to which I consider my recommendations have been implemented by Government to date.  For its initial response to my recommendations, Government disaggregated and renumbered my recommendations.  Responses and update of actions are according to that revised numbering system. 

There were five main recommendations, but the first recommendation effectively contained eleven recommendations, of which one was split into six separate recommendations.  Total number of recommendations thus becomes 23.  In summary, of those 23 recommendations, Government agreed to 14.  It agreed "in principle" to the other 9.  In its advice on action taken to 30 June 1999, Government now considers it has implemented all but four of those recommendations, only one of which is yet to be commenced. 

It will be seen from my comments under each recommendation and its reported activity, that while I acknowledge that the "letter of the recommendation" has may have been implemented, overall I remain concerned about the level of chemical use remaining in for ACT Government agencies, and in particular, I am concerned at the limited evidence of reduction in chemical use, or of change in policy towards less chemical use by Government agencies.  Because of this, I will continue to follow up action in relation to most recommendations, in my next Annual Report. In a number of cases, I have therefore reserved the right to continue to follow up action in relation to some specific recommendations, even though Government considers them to be implemented. 

 A list of the recommendations and the Government responses from the Investigation into the Government's use of Chemicals for Pest Control, and the Commmissioner's comments to these responses.


Links with Financial Reporting

Financial reporting for the Office of the Commissioner for the Environment continues to be covered under the Annual Report for the Department of Urban Services (DUS). 

Budget details for the Office of the Commissioner for the Environment are included, but not separately identified, under Environment ACT "Expenses on Behalf of the Territory" in budget papers. 

The ACT-funded budget for the office for 1998-99 was $254,000 . 

An additional $2,700 was sourced through the Regional Leaders' Forum for secretariat support for the Regional Leaders Environment Committee. 

Sales of publications (State of the Environment Reports) totalled $4,400. 

The Australian Capital Region Leaders' Forum agreed during the year that the Commissioner for the Environment prepare a second State of the Environment Report for the Region, due in November 2000.  Councils in the Region would contribute to the total cost according to a calculated scale of payments.  Councils were offered options of prepayment in full, or in part, of their contributions towards the 2000 Australian Capital Region State of the Environment Report.  $15,000  of a total of the $82,000 to be recovered from Councils in the Region was paid during 1998-99.


The ACT Government acknowledged the role of this Office in regional SoE reporting through supplementation of our budget for a two-year period from the commencement of 1999-2000. 


Corporate Overview
Whole of Government Issues

Customer Focussed Public Service

A Commitment to Service Statement is available from the Commissioner's office. 

In that statement we note that "We are here to"-

  • produce State of Environment Reports for the ACT (Our next Report is due in 2000. Again it will cover the Australian Capital Region)
  • investigate complaints from the community, regarding the management of the environment by the ACT Government and/or its Agencies
  • conduct investigations directed by the Minister
  • initiate investigations into actions of an Agency, where those actions would have a substantial impact on the environment of the ACT, and
  • make recommendations for consideration by Government and include in our annual report the outcomes of those recommendations.

Our service commitments are in the Vision Statement at the beginning of this Report.

Fraud Prevention

The office is covered under the DUS Annual Report.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The office is covered under the DUS EEO Plan.

Human Resources

The Commissioner was reappointed by the Minister for Urban Services, on a part-time basis, until 31 December 2001.

The following positions were occupied as at 30 June 1998:






1 - full time 

1 - full time 

1 - full time



Category of Employment 




(Our normally full-time ASO3 acted for the last 3 months of the year in a temporary ASO5 position, continuing into 1999-2000.  The duties were partly covered by a temporary ASO2.)

Consultancy Services

No consultancies over $5,000 were let during the year.

Voluntary resources

Reference Groups for the 2000 State of the Environment Report, Australian Capital Region were appointed in May 1999, and the first meeting held.  Current membership is listed below.  Some additions are expected during 1999-2000.  Others have offered individual assistance.

Human Settlement


Prof Lyndsay Neilson, Chair

Centre for Developing Cities, Environmental Design, University of Canberra

Mr Darren Crombie

National Capital Authority

Ms Caroline LeCouteur

Australian Conservation Foundation

Mr Ken Johnson

Geography Dept,
Australian National University

Mr Jeremy Morris

Consultant/Canberra Business Council


Conservation Council of the South-East Region and Canberra


Australian Bureau of Statistics

Mr Graham Mannall

ACT Waste

Mr Rod Burgess

Australian Capital Region Development Council

Professor Pem Gerner

Centre for Developing Cities, University of Canberra

Dr Alan Wade


Dr Janis Birkeland

Environmental Design, University of Canberra



Dr Don McMichael, CBE, Chair


Dr Ian Naumann

CSIRO, Division of Entomology

Dr David Shorthouse

Environment ACT,
Wildlife Research and Monitoring

Mr Mark Lintermans

Environment ACT,
Wildlife Research and Monitoring

Mr Bruce Lindenmayer

Canberra Ornithologists Group/Conservation Council of S-E Region & Canberra

Dr Robert Boden


Dr Allen Kearns

CSIRO, Division of Wildlife and Ecology

Mr Geoff Butler

Consultant/Conservation Council of S-E Region and Canberra

Dr Denis Saunders

CSIRO, Division of Wildlife and Ecology



Professor Tony Jakeman, Chair

CRES, Australian National University

Mr Keith Colls

Bureau of Meteorology

Dr Mark Paterson


Dr Janette Lindesay

Geography Dept,
Australian National University

Mr Wayne Riley

ACT Government Analytical Laboratories ACT Health

Mr Jason Evans

CRES, Australian National University

Mr Mike Hutchinson

CRES, Australian National University



Professor Henry Nix, Chair

CRES, Australian National University

Dr David Williams

Faculty of Applied Science, University of Canberra

Ms Penny Greenslade

CSIRO, Division of Entomology

Dr David Tongway

CSIRO, Division of Wildlife and Ecology

Dr John Raison

CSIRO, Division of Forestry

Mr Harold Adams

ACT Rural Lessees' Association

Ms Mariann Lloyd-Smith

National Toxics Network

Mr Bill Schuller

Environment ACT

Mr Rob Thorman




Professor Richard Norris, Chair

Co-op Research Centre for Fresh Water Ecology, University of Canberra

Professor Peter Cullen

Co-op Research Centre for Fresh Water Ecology, University of Canberra

Mr Ian Lawrence

Co-op Research Centre for Fresh Water Ecology, University of Canberra

Mr Cary Reynolds


Dr Martin Thoms

Applied Science, University of Canberra

Mr Gerry Jacobson

Australian Geological Survey Office

Professor Bill Maher

Applied Science, University of Canberra

Ms Leslie Donohue

Environment ACT

Professor Bob Wasson

CRES, Australian National University

Mr Martin Shafron

Murray-Darling Basin Commission

Mr Ron Hogg


Mr Nelson Quinn

Upper Murrumbidgee Catchment Coordinating Committee

Towards Sustainability

Molly Harris-Olson, Chair


Professor Richard Norris

Chair Water Reference Group

Professor Henry Nix

Chair Land Reference Group

Prof Lyndsay Neilson

Chair Human Settlement Reference Group

Dr Don McMichael, CBE

Chair Biodiversity Reference Group

Professor Tony Jakeman,


Chair Atmosphere Reference Group

Mr John Schooneveldt

Nature and Society Forum

Dr Meg Keen

Geography Dept,
Australian National University

Ms Fiona Wain

Environmental Management Industries Association of Australia

Training and Staff Development

All training during the year was in-house at the cost of salaried time only. Training is listed below.


Training Course


Training Dates

Writing Effective Media Releases

Avenue Training (ArcView Script language)

Environmental Statistics Information Session

ACT Government Effective Tendering and Contract Management Program

Planning Effective Community Consultations

Environmental Management Seminar

Environmental Management Seminar

The Role and Operation of the Assembly's Committee System

The Legislative Process

The Legislative Process

The Legislative Process

The Role and Operation of the Assembly's Committee System

Discrimination Act Workshop

Oracle Training


27/7/98 - 28/7/98


19/8/98 - 20/8/98


8/9/98 - 9/9/98









ACT Government Passenger Vehicles

The office has 1 passenger vehicle (4 cylinder) - no variation from the previous year.



Occupational Health & Safety

This office is covered by DUS agreements and policies as outlined in the DUS Annual Report.

Workers' Compensation

This office is covered under the DUS policy and details incorporated in the DUS Annual Report.

Public Interest Disclosure

This office is covered by DUS Public Interest Disclosure Statement and Procedures.

Freedom of Information

There were no requests received under section 18 for access to documents.

Government Contractual Debts (Interest) Act 1994

Nil interest due.

Inquiries by Legislative Assembly Committees