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Tue 14 Jun 2022 - Thu 23 Jun 2022

09:00 - 17:00

4 Sessions


Michael Vardon
4 spots remaining.

Environmental accounting is increasingly being used to support the development and analysis of government policy. Environmental accounting shows how different sectors of the economy affect the environment and vice versa. As the understanding of environment-economy interactions increases, the appropriate policy and business responses should become clearer. This professional development short course is designed to support those in government, business or NGOs interested in developing, implementing or using environmental accounts.

The course is to be held over two weeks each Tuesday and Thursday, 9 am to 5 pm with breaks for morning and afternoon tea and lunch. There will be 16 sessions each lasting 1.5 hours and will be a mix of presentation and activities. The course draws on expertise from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the Australian National University and other institutions. It covers the theoretical and practical fundamentals of environmental and ecosystem accounting and places this into the public policy framework and other decision-making processes. Examples are drawn from around the world, and information resources are discussed and explored in practical workshops. Participants will have the opportunity to share experiences and are invited to use their own data for shaping into accounts.

Requisite Knowledge

No specific prior knowledge is assumed but it is expected that participants have worked professionally in disciplines related to environmental or ecosystem accounting, including environmental science, ecological economics, natural resource management, national accounting or statistics.

Teaching Staff

  • Michael Vardon, Fenner School of Environment and Society
  • Peter Burnett, ANU Law School
  • Steve May, Australian Bureau of Statistics
  • Carl Obst, Institute for Development of Environmental-Economic Accounting. Former head of ABS national accounts. SEEA Editor.
  • Heather Keith (Griffith University) 

There will also be a range of guest lectures. 

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing of the course participants will be able to:

  • explain the key features of environmental and ecosystem accounting
  • understand the range of information sources needed to compile accounts
  • identify issues to which environmental or ecosystem accounts could be applied
  • populate basic accounting tables with existing information
  • know where to find help and additional information on the concepts, data sources and methods.

In addition to knowledge of the accounts and their uses, course participants will develop the skills needed to manage a team with diverse knowledge and experience that is needed to produce and use environmental accounts.


All learning outcomes are addressed by each assessment task. Assessment takes four forms:

  • on-going assessment of class activities
  • 90-minute written test
  • individual assignment


  • In-person contact - 24 hours
  • Private study - 4 hours
  • Assessment - 4 hours

Is the course for credit at ANU?

Completion of this professional short course does not provide ANU course credit or an ANU transcript.