Today the Sustainability Victoria Board held its sixth meeting of the year. The meeting was held on-line due to COVID restrictions. A summary of the meeting is presented below.
Acting CEO Paul Murfitt provided a detailed report of program delivery against milestones and the continued focus on programs to improve kerbside recycling and collection for local councils. The Board heard the challenges posed by COVID-19 restrictions currently in place have impacted staff resilience. To address this and support staff Sustainability Victoria has implemented additional health and wellbeing initiatives. The Board supported these efforts and appreciates the extraordinary efforts of staff over the past 2 years. The Board also recognised the need to maintain Sustainability Victoria’s competitive advantage as an employer of choice across the Victorian Public Service.
The Board endorsed the FY2020/21 Annual Financial Statements, VAGO Final Audit Report, and the FY2020/21 Annual Report. The Annual Report accounts for an extraordinary period of program delivery and achievements by the organisation, scheduled for Minister D’Ambrosio to table in Parliament later this year. The Board noted that SV’s strategy for the next decade, SV2030, is currently seeking community feedback via the Engage Victoria web portal. The Board also provided their input on next steps of the Recycling Victoria Research and Development Fund – Organics.
Finally, the Board was updated on the progress of Sustainability Victoria’s Gender Equality Action Plan. The plan is underpinned by a program of staff consultation, and engaging with GEN VIC, Victoria’ peak body on gender equality matters. The Gender Equality Action Plan is scheduled for release later this year. The draft plan was strongly supported by the Board as a detailed and thorough effort to ensure the organisation is a leader on gender equality.