• ATO environmental policy statement

    Purpose

    To acknowledge the impact the ATO has on the environment and outline the ATO's commitment to being a good environmental citizen by reducing its environmental footprint.

    Summary of main points

    • This policy enables the ATO to incorporate environmental considerations such as energy and water conservation as well as waste and resource management into business activities we control or influence within the context of achieving corporate business outcomes.
    • All ATO employees are to demonstrate an individual commitment and responsibility to this policy, and any associated environmental objectives and targets.

     
    Context

    The Australian Taxation Office is the Government's principal revenue collection agency, and is part of the Treasurer's portfolio. Our role is to manage and shape tax, excise and superannuation systems that fund services for Australians. We administer legislative systems that fund public goods and services, safeguard retirement incomes and give effect to social and economic policy. We administer the Australian Valuation Office and deliver community benefits such as family assistance. Most adult Australians have contact with us at least once a year, with multiple interactions and multiple roles for many individuals and businesses. Over 22,000 ATO employees are located in around 70 locations around Australia.

    The ATO's environmental management policy is based on international and domestic legislation, policies and standards, including:

    • Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999
    • AS/NZS ISO 14001:2004 Environmental management system, and
    • the Australian Government's Policy Framework for Greening of Government.

     
    This policy demonstrates the ATO's commitment to being a 'good' environmental citizen by:

    • using its resources wisely
    • minimising the impacts of its activities on the environment to the greatest extent possible
    • anticipating and/or addressing any adverse affects its activities may have on the environment, and
    • supporting a more sustainable environment for the community over the longer term.

     
    This policy acknowledges the impact that the ATO has on the environment due to its population size, diverse locations, the resources it uses and consumes, and its extensive interactions each year with individuals, businesses and other government agencies.

    This policy acknowledges that the community's confidence in the ATO's ability to manage the tax and superannuation systems effectively, efficiently and ethically, is influenced by its perception of the ATO's integrity. This policy, therefore, demonstrates the ATO's commitment to acting with integrity on matters relating to managing its impact on the environment.

    This policy enables the ATO to incorporate environmental considerations such as energy and water conservation as well as waste and resource management into business activities we control or influence within the context of achieving corporate business outcomes.

    Statement

    This policy statement outlines the ATO's commitment, through integrated environmental management principles, to reduce its environmental footprint.

    The ATO Executive is committed to implementing this Environmental Policy Statement and is responsible for direction setting, decision making and reviewing reports on environmental performance.

    All ATO employees are to demonstrate an individual commitment and responsibility to this policy, and any associated environmental objectives and targets.

    To deliver the intent of this policy, we commit to the following principles and practices:

    • complying with all applicable legal and other requirements that relate to environmental management
    • maintaining an environmental management system and integrating environmental management principles into our business plans and activities
    • monitoring and managing the environmental effects of our activities to prevent pollution and continually improve our environmental performance
    • raising awareness of, and commitment to, environmental management amongst employees and those working on behalf of the ATO
    • reporting our performance against our environmental management targets through our annual report
    • working collaboratively with other agencies to deliver on our environmental commitments.

     

      Last modified: 21 Nov 2008QC 17932