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Defence Environmental Management

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Defence recognises that effective environmental management is an important part of successfully undertaking Defence activities and ensuring the long-term sustainability of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) capability and the Defence estate.

Defence understands its responsibilities in environmental management and is committed to complying with Commonwealth environmental legislation and regulations such as the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

The Secretary for the Department of Defence and the Chief of the Defence Force re-endorsed the Defence Environmental Policy. The Policy demonstrates Defence's strong commitment to managing and improving its environmental performance through an EMS approach and communicates a clear environmental vision that states:

"Defence will be a leader in sustainable environmental management to support the ADF's capability to defend Australia and its national interests"

The Defence Environmental Policy is implemented through the Defence Environmental Strategic Plan 2010-2014 via the Defence Estate Quality Management System DEQMS. DEQMS provides an integrated approach to environmental management as part of everyday business. This aims to provide a robust system that enables Defence to identify and manage potential impacts on the environment that may arise from its activities.

For further information on Defence Environmental Management please email