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Benchmarks

Benchmarks for waste, water and electricity are set as targets for schools to achieve.

What are benchmarks

For the ResourceSmart Schools program the benchmarks for waste, water and electricity are set as a target for schools to achieve, and are calculated on a per student basis. No benchmark is set for biodiversity, however an aspirational target exists. Schools do not need to meet benchmarks to complete a Module, but they do need to meet and maintain benchmarks to be recognised as a 3 Star to 5 Star School.


Module Benchmark
Biodiversity Schools are encouraged to achieve a habitat quality assessment score of 75 through their Biodiversity audit.
Waste Maximum amount of waste to landfill per student per year: Primary or secondary school: 0.3 m³.
Water Maximum mains water usage per student per year:
  • Primary or secondary school: 4 kilolitres
Energy Maximum electricity usage per student per year:
  • Primary school: 250 kilowatt-hours, 0.4 tonnes CO₂
  • Secondary school: 400 kilowatt-hours, 0.6 tonnes CO₂
Register for ResourceSmart Schools

Getting started

Starting the ResourceSmart Schools program is easy. Schools have access to sustainability experts with the knowledge, skills and resources to help each school on its journey. The first step is to register your interest.

Once a school registers interest, a Regional Coordinator will make contact to provide more information on the ResourceSmart Schools program.

Register for ResourceSmart Schools Login to ResourceSmart Schools Online

Want to know more? Get in touch with:

ResourceSmart Schools Education Team

Sustainability Victoria

1300 363 744

schools@sustainability.vic.gov.au