Sustainability Performance Indicators

Sustainability Performance Indicators

Council and the community recognise that, “... good places to live do not just happen - they are built by vision, ideas and a commitment to work toward building a better place for a better future.” 2030 Community Vision.

To monitor progress towards realising this aspiration Council has adopted a set of sustainability performance measures.

 

Rationale/Explanation

Indicator

Economic

 

Economic Performance

Council as a net attracter of funds for local investment.

Direct economic value generated and distributed, including grants from external agencies, local taxes, fees etc, operating costs, employee compensation, donations and other community investments, retained earnings and payments to capital providers and government

Revenue raised from within and external to community compared to spending within and outside local economy

Financial solvency and sustainability

 

Underlying result

Operating deficits cannot be sustained in the long term A positive result indicates a surplus, and the larger the percentage, the stronger the result. A negative result indicates a deficit. Underlying revenue does not take into account non-cash developer contributions and other one-off (non-recurring) adjustment.

Adjusted net surplus compared to total underlying revenue

Indebtedness

Availability of own revenue necessary to meet non-current liabilities Comparison of non-current liabilities (mainly comprised of borrowings) to own-sourced revenue. The higher the percentage, the less able to cover non-current liabilities from the revenues they generate themselves. Own-sourced revenue is used (rather than total revenue) because it does not include capital grants, which are usually tied to specific projects.

Non-current liabilities compared to own-sourced revenue

Self financing ability

Availability of own revenue necessary to meet non-current liabilities Measures the ability to replace assets using cash generated by their operations. The higher the percentage, the more effectively this can be done.

Net operating cash flows compared to underlying revenue

Investment gap

Capital spending needs to at least match depreciation or overall asset stock is declining Comparison of the rate of spending on infrastructure with depreciation. Ratios higher than 1:1 indicate that spending is faster than the depreciation rate. This is a long-term indicator, as capital expenditure can be deferred in the short-term if there are insufficient funds available from operations, and borrowing is not an option.

Capital spend compared to depreciation

Renewal gap

 

Capital spending needs to at least match depreciation or overall asset stock is declining Comparison of the rate of spending on existing assets through renewing, restoring, and replacing existing assets with depreciation. Ratios higher than 1:1 indicate that spending on existing assets is greater than the depreciation rate. Similar to the investment gap, this is a long-term indicator, as capital expenditure can be deferred in the short term if there are insufficient funds available from operations, and borrowing is not an option.

Renewal & upgrade expenditure/Depreciation

Environmental

 

Environmental and ethical purchasing

Goods provided by environmentally and socially responsible providers preferred over those that are not.

Percentage of the total value of goods purchased that were registered with voluntary environmental or social labels and /or certification labels broken down by type

Percentage of $ annual purchasing

Recycling

Recycling preferred to consumption of new resources. Percentage of materials used that are wastes (processed or unprocessed) from sources external to the organisation. Refers to both post-consumer recycled material and waste from industrial sources.

Percentage of $ annual purchasing

Energy Consumption

Energy consumption, as major generator of GHG, to be minimised.

Direct energy use by primary source. Include all energy sources used for own operations.

Megajoules

Water usage

Limited resource, use to be minimised. Total water use

Kilolitres

Greenhouse gas emissions

(CO2, CH4, H2O, HFCs, PFCs, SF6)

Report separate subtotals for each gas in tonnes and in tonnes of CO2 equivalent for the following:

· direct emissions from sources owned or controlled by Council

· indirect emissions from imported electricity heat or steam

direct emissions

indirect emissions

Hazardous chemicals use

Limit the use of hazardous herbicides, fertilisers, pesticides and other chemicals.

Total quantity of hazardous chemicals by use

Litres/type of use

Total amount of waste by type and destination

Minimise output of non-recyclable material.

Total weight of waste by collection and disposal method.

Total number and volume of significant dumpings and spills.

Landfilll – tonnes

Recycling – tonnes

Composting - tonnes

Vegetation Balance

Maintenance of vegetation is a protection for bi-diversity. Number/mass of trees removed or destroyed compared to new plantings

To be determined

Social

 

Labour Practices and Decent Work

Full time preferred to part-time preferred to casual. Breakdown of workforce, employment type (full time/part time/casual), and by employment contract (indefinite or permanent/fixed term or temporary). Breakdown of working hours by full time part time or casual.

Number of staff by employment type

Number of annual hours by employment type

Family friendly working arrangements

Arrangements that enable a balancing of work and out of work commitments provides access to a potentially larger pool of skills and enables staff to fulfil family and community obligations.

Describe flexible working arrangements of Enterprise Agreement.

No. of staff accessing the alternative arrangements

Council as a Good Corporate Citizen

Compliance with legislation and codes of conduct is part of Council’s community leadership role

Number of days/years since last demonstrated breach of legal obligations

Management of corporate knowledge and memory

Effective transfer of corporate knowledge is necessary for ongoing efficient performance

To be determined

Health & Safety

Responsible employer.

Standard injury, lost day, and absentee rates and number of work-related fatalities (Including subcontracted workers).

Hours lost as percentage of total hours

Training & Education

Efficiency of workplace.

Average hours of training per year per employee by category of employee

Training hours per employee

Diversity & Opportunity

Equal opportunity.

Composition of senior management and corporate governance bodies (including the Council and Advisory Committees.

Female/Male ratio

Social Indicator for Public Agencies

Organisational efficiency.

Describe the results of assessments of the efficiency and effectiveness of services provided by the public agency, including the actions taken to achieve improvements in service delivery. The objective is to allow readers to understand the organisation’s efforts to improve its use of inputs (human, financial, etc) to generate outputs and outcomes.

Benchmarking

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Last Updated: 24-09-2012

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