A range of legislative and policy requirements applies to Australian Government property management, including obligations for sound environmental and energy management.
Commonwealth Property Management Framework
The Commonwealth Property Management Framework establishes the foundation for the efficient, effective, sustainable and ethical use of property resources and applies to property leased or owned by FMA Act agencies . Specific measures within the framework and supporting Guidelines include the requirement to develop a property management plan to support short, medium and long-term property objectives and transition toward the Government's occupational density target of 16mē per workpoint. Progress towards the occupational density target and property cost data is reported on a biannual basis through the Australian Government Property Data Collection (PRODAC) . This reporting requirement applies to all FMA Act agencies for properties over 500mē. Finance administers the Framework and corresponding Guidelines. Agencies should be aware that a range of legislation and a number of policies interact with the Framework .
Energy Efficiency in Government Operations policy
Endorsed by the Australian Government in 2006, the EEGO policy requires a Green Lease Schedule (GLS) to be developed for new leases over 2000mē and for lease periods over two years . The EEGO policy also sets a minimum standard of energy performance of 4.5 NABERS Energy rating for new buildings, new leases and major refurbishments over 2000mē.
The EEGO policy applies to all FMA Act agencies and substantially budget-funded CAC Act bodies . These entities are required to complete an annual GLS survey, which includes the number and characteristics of existing leasing arrangements. This survey data is collected through the OSCAR database . DCCEE administers the EEGO policy.
Public Works Committee Act 1969
The Public Works Committee (PWC) was established in 1913 and is constituted by the Public Works Committee Act 1969 (PWC Act) . Under the PWC Act, proposed public works estimated to cost in excess of $15 million are subject to examination by the PWC. The PWC should be advised of proposals for works with estimated costs between $2 million and $15 million, including refurbishments. The Act is applicable to FMA Act agencies and CAC Act bodies . Submissions to the Committee must meet requirements set out in the PWC Procedure Manual . Public works submissions should include: a detailed description of the environmental sustainability of the proposed project, including energy targets; measures to reduce energy and water use, including recycling measures; re-use of existing structures and demolition and disposal of existing structures; and details of compliance with local, state/territory and Australian Government water and energy policies.
DCCEE provides advice to the PWC regarding agency submissions and compliance with EEGO policy requirements . It is recommended that agencies consult with DCCEE well in advance of committee hearings. Finance is responsible for administering the PWC Act and undertakes a co-ordinating role in the PWC process, including referring works and preparing expediency motions and exemptions.
 Finance, Commonwealth Property Management Framework, available from: www.finance.gov.au/property/property/propertymanagement-framework.html.
 PRODAC reporting requirements, available from: www.finance.gov.au/property/property/property-data-collection.html.
 Other government legislation and policies that interact with the framework are listed on the Finance website, available from: www.finance.gov.au/property/property/docs/legislation_and_policies_that_interact_with_commonwealth_property_ management.pdf. In particular, agencies should be aware of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, the Lands Acquisitions Act 1989 and the National Environment Protection Measures.
 Budget dependency is defined in the EEGO policy as deriving more than half of departmental/agency funding either directly or indirectly from Commonwealth funds.
 Unless specific exemptions apply to an entity's enabling legislation.
 Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works Procedure Manual, Edition 8, March 2010, available from: www.aph.gov. au/house/committee/pwc/PWC%20Manual%208th%20edn.pdf.
 DCCEE, EEGO Policy, p.21.
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