- Victorian public hospitals and health services must develop an environmental management plan and publicly report on their environmental performance.
- Use this page to access resources for health services on environmental management planning.
- You can access a guide on Victorian public health service environmental sustainability requirements.
Victorian public hospitals and health services are required through the Department of Health to develop and maintain a whole-of-organisation environmental management plan and to publicly report on their environmental performance – in accordance with the department’s Environmental reporting guidelines.
We have produced resources to assist health services meet these requirements:
- Health service environmental sustainability requirements: guide of requirements
- Completing your environmental management plan: instructions and checklist
- Environmental management plan template
- Sample environmental management actions template
Environmental requirements and environmental management planning
Health service environmental sustainability requirements
The Environmental sustainability strategy 2018–19 to 2022–23 sets out the department's commitment to further improve the environmental performance of the health system.
This is the primary guiding document for environmental sustainability, with the department's environmental management plan template providing guidance on how health services can operationalise it.
Other environmental opportunities
This section contains non-mandatory opportunities, that health services are encouraged to review and adopt.
Some of these may apply to the government or sector as a whole and may become mandatory in the future.
 While best efforts are made to keep this information up to date, health services are responsible for meeting legislative requirements. If there are any requirements that are not included, please email .
Environmental management planning
Victorian public hospitals and health services must develop and maintain a whole-of-organisation environmental management plan, and publicly report on their environmental performance.
This is in accordance with the department's Environmental reporting guidelines.
We have developed an environmental management plan (EMP) template to assist health services to meet these requirements. The template includes a separate customisable multiple purpose action plan, and there is a guide to help you complete the plan.
The EMP template has minimal formatting so you can import it into your health service's visual style templates.
Access the files via the downloads section at the bottom of this page.
Public environmental reporting
Public environmental reporting is the public disclosure of an organisation’s performance around its environmental impacts, such as energy and water consumption, and generation of waste and carbon emissions.
Transparency about environmental performance encourages improvements in environmental management practices.
Public hospitals, health services and other health portfolio entities must report on mandatory environmental indicators under Financial Reporting Direction 24: Reporting of environmental data by government entities ().
FRD 24 specifies the environmental performance indicators that entities must measure and report in their annual report of operations (12 months of data).
Environmental reporting typically involves:
- determining ‘reporting boundaries’ and ‘materiality’ around environmental impacts
- collecting data about impacts, reporting metrics and normalising factors
- commenting on factors that may have affected changes in performance
- reporting on performance, actions and future plans to improve performance.
The Public environmental reporting guidelines provides guidance to Victorian public hospitals, health services and other health portfolio entities on how to meet FRD 24 reporting requirements.
The Environmental data management system generates an environmental performance report in accordance with the Public environmental reporting guidelines.
To access the environmental data management system, contact your health service EDMS via email .
Reviewed 10 November 2023