DESIS by German Aerospace Centre

Space monitoring is the next step in sourcing cutting-edge environmental data and Victoria’s La Trobe University has demonstrated itself as a leader in the technology. Local scientists collaborated with the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) to create advanced control systems for the DLR Earth Sensing Imaging Spectrometer (DESIS).

Plastic bags by Huffington Post

Community consultation has helped end of single-use, lightweight plastic shopping bags from 2019 to help protect our environment from plastic pollution.

Professor John Thwaites
From the Commissioner

As we come to the end of the financial year, I wanted to share an update of the work of my team in the Office of the Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability

Tiana Preston, Kangmin Moon, Rebecca Koss

The Office of the Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability team enjoyed a sunny, wintry field trip up the Yarra River ­– ahead of the release of the State of the Yarra and its Parklands report in late 2018.


The Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability, Dr Gillian Sparkes, welcomes the Environment Protection Amendment Bill 2018 introduced into Parliament yesterday by the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Lily D’Ambrosio MP

Atlas of Sustainable Development Goals 2018

The World Bank has released the 2018 Atlas of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). With over 180 maps and charts, the new publication shows the progress societies are making towards the 17 SDGs

Dr Rebecca Koss at Victorian Catchments Summit

The Yarra River is an iconic high-profile natural flowing system within Victoria. 

Plastic pollution by Waste Wise Products
From the Commissioner

This year’s World Environment Day theme is beating plastic pollution. This 5 June, the environment will be celebrated in more than 100 countries and #BeatPlasticPollution is the tag that will be used worldwide. Plastic pollution is a global issue – but it must also be tackled with local action. Everyone has a role to play.


Thank you to Tim Piper of AiGroup for the invitation to speak to the Environment Connect Group at AiGroup in Melbourne last week. 

Better buildings by Sustainability Victoria

Buildings account for 23 per cent of Australia's greenhouse gas emissions after energy generation and transport.