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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, held over (5) days, 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 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.

Learning outcomes

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

  1. explain the key features of environmental accounting
  2. understand the range of information sources needed to compile accounts
  3. identify issues to which environmental accounts could be applied
  4. populate basic accounting tables with existing information
  5. 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 4 forms:

  1. on-going assessment of class activities
  2. report on field exercise
  3. 90 minute written test
  4. group assignment - short presentation and briefing note.


Total time commitment for this credential:

  • in-person contact - 30 hours
  • private study - 8 hours
  • assessment - 4 hours.

Assumed knowledge

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

Admission requirements

To obtain credit towards an Post Graduate program applicants are required to have a Bachelor Degree or equivalent work experience. Course delivered in English.

Who should enrol

Participants should have, or expect to have, some responsibilities related to the development, implementation or use of environmental accounts. This course is a Masters level - AQF Level 9.

More information can be found at Fenner School of Environment & Society. This course is run jointly with the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

ANU Course Code: XXXX        ANU Unit Value: 2