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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 and Chief of Defence Force have reaffirmed Defence’s commitment to the environment and its important role in Defence activities and in ensuring the long-term sustainability of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) capability and the Defence estate through the 2016 Defence Environmental Policy and 2016-2036 Defence Environment Strategy.

The Secretary for the Department of Defence and the Chief of the Defence Force have reaffirmed Defence’s commitment to the environment and its important role in Defence activities. The 2016 Defence Environmental Policy and 2016-2036 Defence Environment Strategy demonstrates Defence's strong commitment to managing and improving its environmental performance with 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 2016 Defence Environmental Policy is implemented through the 2016-2036 Defence Environmental Strategic Plan 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 environmentandheritage@defence.gov.au.