Throughout industry and among community groups in Australia there is increasing awareness of the importance of advancing sustainability and as such, a desire to adopt more sustainable practices. According to the committee, a national Sustainability Commission, Commissioner and Charter would help coordinate the use of existing sustainability measures and facilitate further development in this area.
Australian government establishment of a national Sustainability Commission headed by a Commissioner would deliver a strong signal of the Commonwealth’s commitment to take a leadership role on sustainability, according to this report. This signal of commitment would be further strengthened by Australian government support for a national Sustainability Charter. The Charter would help create a climate for change for a sustainable future and provide long term direction to Australians. Change for sustainability comes with financial cost, but the cost of inaction is far greater. It will be an investment by us in the health of our environment, society and economy.