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Sustainability Report 2006–2007 » Secretary's foreword

Secretary's foreword

Photo of Dr Jeff HarmerThe Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaCSIA) continues to pursue improvements in social, environmental, and economic sustainability.

The FaCSIA Sustainability Report 2006–07 provides a report card on FaCSIA’s initiatives in relation to social, environmental, and economic performance.

I was delighted to attend the opening of the Department’s new building, Centraplaza, in May 2007. The building is the culmination of a long period of planning and commitment and I congratulate the efforts of staff involved. As you will see in the report, the building incorporates the latest in environmental efficient design and provides improved levels of staff comfort.

In a number of other areas, the Department continues to improve its performance.  For example, paper use per person has fallen thanks to our efficiency initiatives, and there has been a large increase in the number of highly rated Green Vehicle Guide cars in the fleet.

I am particularly pleased that the Department has recorded an increase in efficiency of government services. The Department now spends 2.6 cents on every $1 of government funding it delivered, well down on 3.5 cents last year.

Staff satisfaction has increased due to our flexible working conditions. You will also see throughout the report examples of staff supporting the community through one-off fundraising events, accessing volunteering leave, and participating in the Workplace Giving Program. In recognition of the effective management of injury claims, FaCSIA’s Comcare premium has been reduced and the Department also received a bonus payment.

Overall, the report represents a department that is performing better in social and economic terms. Whilst there are achievements in environmental performances, there are challenges ahead to improve our energy efficiency.

I would like to thank all FaCSIA staff for their hard work and commend this report to you.


Dr Jeff Harmer

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