By auditing your resource use and utility costs you can keep track of your resource consumption. You can then analyse your data to find ways to save resources and create an action plan to improve your school sustainability. 

Monitoring your resource use helps you to see the impacts of your sustainability programs. 

Biodiversity audit tools

School Biodiversity Audit (pdf 3MB) Rumbalara Environmental Education Centre 

Biodiversity Close Up (pdf 600 kb), CERES

Biodiversity Audits, Lower Primary, Upper Primary & Secondary, Cool Australia

Biodiversity Audit case study, Biodiversity and ICT, Sustainability in Schools. 

Water audit tools

School water audit, Sydney Water 

Water audit tool, ResourceSmart Schools, Sustainability Victoria

AuSSI school water audit, lower primary, upper primary, secondary, Cool Australia

School water audit, Yr 6 -8 Geography, Waterwise QLD 

School stormwater audit, Yr 7 Geography, AWA

Developing a school water use plan, Rumbalara EEC

Energy audit tools

Students can audit their schools energy use using tools available from the Department of Education (DoE) Environmental Education webpages.

Thermal performance tool - DoE ntranet site only.

School building thermal performance problem solver - DoE intranet site only

Energy management, School Infrastructure NSW provides advice on energy use and strategies for energy efficiency (DoE intranet site only.).

School energy audit toolkit, ResourceSmart Schools, Sustainability Victoria

Energy audit proforma, Gibberagong EEC

A simple guide to energy auditing, Rumbalara EEC

Waste audit tools

Waste Audit template (.doc) Green Leaders & Sustainable Schools NSW

Guide to Conducting a Waste Audit: This document guides you through the processes of a waste audit: making the case, preparing, conducting, recording, analysis and developing a school waste action plan. Includes NSW Syllabus links. 
Stage 2 - 5  | NSW Department of Education & Training

AuSSI Waste Audit: Lower Primary, Upper Primary, Secondary Students engage in a school waste audit to determine the quantities and makeup of the waste generated at their school, then based on data students explore how to reduce their waste.
Stage 1 - 4  |  Cool Australia

A Simple Guide to Conducting a Waste Audit: The waste audit looks at the different types of waste generated in the school, where it comes from and how it can be reduced.
Stage 2 - 5  | Rumbalara Environmental Education Centre 

Waste Audit Toolkit: an operating practices manual that is intended to guide the development and implementation of waste audits in schools. Curriculum links to WA schools, but relevant activities and methods, WA Waste Authority 

School Waste & Recycling Audit: This booklet outlines 5 key steps for a schools waste audit. 

School Waste Management Calculator: An excel document that assists schools to identify and record different categories of school waste. Part of a suite of education resources from regional Netwaste

DIY Audit Kit: Kit includes resources that explain the audit procedures including the tasks that occur before, during and after the day of the audit. Designed for designed to be used by sites with less than 100 students, or for use by individual classes.
Wipe Out Waste Green Industries South Australia


Terara Public School students decided to wage their own war on waste. After completing their own waste audit they are committing to reducing our two biggest waste offenders: soft plastics and food waste.
Video (3 mins 24 secs).

Erskine Park High School waste audit video (3 mins 24 secs)

Wipe out Waste school program, waste audit video, BTN (3 mins 43 secs)

War on waste: Waste sorting, ABC iview (46 secs)