The National Sustainability Council was established by the Australian Government in October 2012 as an independent, expert body to provide advice on sustainability issues. It reports to the Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities.
Role of the National Sustainability Council
The council's key role is to deliver a public report against the sustainability indicators for Australia every two years. The reports will highlight key trends and emerging issues as a tool for policy and decision makers at a range of scales. The expertise of the council will help ensure that the reports are relevant, useful and accessible to communities, business and industry, and governments.
The council will also provide interim, targeted advice on sustainability issues at the request of the Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, and advice on potential improvements to the sustainability indicators over time as new data and methodologies become available.
The Terms of Reference for the council will be uploaded to this website in due course.
- Australians must talk about and take control of our destiny says National Sustainability Council - 9 May 2013
The council will release a communiqué after each meeting.
- Communiqué - 5 December 2012 (PDF - 13KB) | (Word - 33KB)
- Communiqué - 5 November 2012 (PDF - 14KB) | (Word - 35KB)
Members of the National Sustainability Council
Members of the council have been appointed due to their expertise across one or more of the social, economic or environmental dimensions of sustainability and understanding of issues impacting Australia's sustainability more broadly.
The council members are:
- Professor John Thwaites (Chair)
- Mr Rod Glover
- Dr Tom Hatton PSM
- Professor Graeme Hugo AO
- Mr Mark Joiner
- Ms Romilly Madew
- Ms Sam Mostyn
- Professor Sue Richardson AM.
Professor Thwaites is a Professorial Fellow at Monash University and the Chair of ClimateWorks Australia and the Monash Sustainability Institute. He is a consultant at Maddocks Solicitors, providing advice to the firm and its clients on climate change, water, sustainability and corporate social responsibility. He also chairs the Climate Group Ltd in Australia, the Peter Cullen Water and Environment Trust, the Australian Centre for the Moving Image and the Australian Building Codes Board. He is a director of the Australian Green Building Council.
Professor Thwaites also chairs a project with the Brotherhood of St Laurence to develop policies to assist low-income Australians cope with the impact of climate change and chaired a joint Brotherhood of St Laurence/KPMG Report on a national energy efficiency program for low income households.
Professor Thwaites was Deputy Premier of Victoria from 1999 until his retirement in 2007. He was a Member of the Victorian Parliament from 1992 to 2007, and was a barrister prior to entering parliament. He was a Councillor, City of South Melbourne (1985-1993) and Mayor in 1991-1992. He has degrees in Law (Honours) and Science from Monash University.
Mr Glover is a member of the Board for the Centre of Excellence in Intervention and Prevention Science, a public health research capacity, established to strengthen the preventive health effort in Victoria.
Mr Glover is a former Deputy Secretary with the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet and has extensive experience in government, having led Victoria's COAG work as Director of National Reform and Director of Policy and Strategic Projects in the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet. Mr Glover was also a Senior Adviser on Commonwealth-State relations, strategic policy, health and ageing and sport for the Hon Kevin Rudd MP.
Mr Glover also has experience and expertise in economics, having previously served as Senior Economic Adviser to the Hon Simon Crean MP while he was Shadow Treasurer and through earlier work at the Melbourne Business School and Commonwealth Treasury.
Mr Glover's formal qualifications are in economics, finance and moral philosophy.
Dr Hatton is the Group Executive, Energy, with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) where he oversees the Division of Earth Science and Resource Engineering and the Division of Energy Technology, the Energy Transformed and Wealth from Oceans Flagships; and the Advanced Coal Technologies and Petroleum and Geothermal research portfolios
Dr Hatton has more than 25 years of research experience, nationally and internationally, in a broad range of land and water related disciplines including forest productivity, ecology, bushfire science, ecohydrology, water allocation, salinity and catchment hydrology. He is Chair of the National Centre for Groundwater Research & Training Advisory Board and a member of the Indigenous Water Policy Group, Northern Australia Indigenous Land & Sea Alliance.
Dr Hatton has significantly redefined the role of trees in landscape water balance, influencing landcare and remediation strategies and policies. Dr Hatton also provided the first comprehensive national overview of groundwater dependent ecosystems, underpinning enhanced guidelines and procedures for allocating water to the environment across Australia.
In 1999, Dr Hatton was awarded the inaugural WE Wood Award for scientific excellence in the field of salinity research, and the Utah State University Alumni Professional Achievement Award. He was awarded a Diploma from the Australian Company Directors Course in 2005. In 2008, Dr Hatton received CSIRO Chairman's Medal and the Australian Public Service Medal for his contributions to the management of Australia's water resources.
Dr Hatton is currently Chair of both Australian Government's 2011 State of Environment Committee and the Western Australia Marine Parks and Reserves Authority.
Professor Hugo is Director of the Australian Population and Migration Research Centre and Australian Research Council (ARC) Professorial Fellow at the University of Adelaide.
Professor Hugo is author of over two hundred publications, articles in scholarly journals and chapters in books, as well as a large number of conference papers and reports. In 2002 he secured a $1.125 million ARC Federation Fellowship over five years for his research project, "The new paradigm of international migration to and from Australia: dimensions, causes and implications". He was appointed to the National Housing Supply Council in 2011.
Professor Hugo has been appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to population research, particularly the study of international migration, population geography and mobility, and through leadership roles with national and international organisations.
Mr Joiner is currently the Executive Director, Finance at the National Australia Bank (NAB), joining NAB in 2006. He was appointed Chairman of the JBWere Board in July 2011. His previous role was Group Chief Financial Officer, a role he took up in late 2007. Mr Joiner previously held the position of Group Executive General Manager Development and New Business. Prior to joining NAB, Mr Joiner was Chief Financial Officer and Head of Strategy and Mergers & Acquisitions for Citigroup's Global Wealth Management business, based in New York. Before entering banking, he was with strategy consulting firm, Boston Consulting Group for 16 years, working out of various Australian and US offices.
Mr Joiner is originally from the UK where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant, and has an MBA with distinction from the University of Melbourne.
Ms Madew is the Chief Executive of the Green Building Council of Australia. Ms Madew is an experienced green building, sustainable communities and cities advocate.
Ms Madew has extensive experience in range of positions such as Chair of the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council (ASBEC) Cities task group; member of the Australian Government's State of Australian Cities indicators reference group, presenter and participant in the COAG Reform Council's Cities workshop; Chair of the International Rating Tools Committee for the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC); founder and steering committee member of the Built Environment Meets Parliament (BEMP) initiative and steering committee member of the Business Leaders Forum on Sustainable Development.
Ms Madew holds a Bachelor of Agricultural Economics from the University of Sydney (1990). She is also a national winner of the Telstra Business Women's Awards 2009 (Community and Government) and an Ambassador for the 1 million women campaign.
Ms Mostyn is a company director and sustainability adviser. Trained as a lawyer, Ms Mostyn spent a number of years in policy advisory roles before serving on the senior executive teams at Optus, Cable & Wireless, and Insurance Australia Group. In her business roles she led teams creating sustainability strategies and programs, incorporating responsible principles into core business practices.
Ms Mostyn serves on the boards of Virgin Australia, Transurban and Citibank Australia, and is a Commissioner of the Australian Football League and the National Mental Health Commission. Ms Mostyn chairs the Stakeholder Advisory Council of CSIRO's Climate Adaptation Flagship, and serves on the board of Climateworks Australia, Australian Volunteers International and the Sydney Theatre Company. Ms Mostyn also serves on the board of and is a community interest representative on the board of the Australia Council. Ms Mostyn is a member of the NSW Climate Change Council and served on the Federal Government's Coasts and Climate Change Council.
Previously, Ms Mostyn was a member of the Chief of the Defence Force's womens reference panel, and most recently served as a member of the Review of the Treatment of Women in the Australian Defence Force. Ms Mostyn was also President of the Australian Museum Trust, a board member of Reconciliation Australia, and served on the Crawford Review of Sports Funding in Australia.
Professor Richardson is Principal Research Fellow with the National Institute of Labour Studies (NILS) at Flinders University.
Professor Richardson was Director of NILS from 2000-2008. Prior to that she worked in the School of Economics at the University of Adelaide. She was President of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia from 2003-2006. She has a five-year term as a member of Fair Work Australia's Minimum Wage Panel. Professor Richardson was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 2011 for service to social sciences, particularly in the field of labour market economics and through contributions to the development of socially inclusive public policy.
From 2004-2009, Professor Richardson was a Commissioner of the Essential Services Commission of South Australia. In recent years she has been a member of the Board of the Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (CHASS), of the National Academies Forum, of the Board of the South Australian Certificate of Education, of the SA Population Advisory Committee and the Information Economy Advisory Board. Professor Richardson is a member of the Australian Centre for Child Protection's National Advisory Council.