Biodiversity is the variety of all life forms, including plants, animals and the ecosystems they form. Defence has a legal, moral and social responsibility to ensure that as we carry out core defence activities such as training and capability development, the unique biodiversity values of the Australian environment are taken into account.
Defence benefits from access to many areas of outstanding natural diversity across Australia, and the training opportunities and reputation of Defence are linked to the continued health and good management of such areas. Management of biodiversity is closely linked to landscape management (soils, fire, feral animals etc), and areas of Natural Heritage.
The Defence Heritage, Biodiversity and Landscape Management Communication Strategy defines the key messages that need to be understood by all Defence audiences and provides advice, tools and tactics for responsible areas within Defence to deliver them effectively. The key messages can be used for a variety of purposes, including as part of training and awareness packages and education programs.
The management of biodiversity on defence estate is embedded in basic operational guidelines. Range Standing Orders and site Environmental Management Systems provide the primary methods by which basic environmental controls are implemented.
To find out more, contact the Director of Environmental and Heritage Policy Development (DEHPD), or your local Regional Energy and Sustainability Manager. The Senior Environmental Officers and Regional Environmental Officer (REO) support this role in the Regions.