Baseline and benchmarks

What is baseline data?

Baseline data is the amount of resources (electricity, gas, water, waste) being used in your school at the start of your ResourceSmart AuSSI Vic sustainability journey. Baseline data provides a starting point to measure your school’s resource usage and shows your progress in reducing resource use.

When you enter your bills into your school’s account in the online system, it automatically calculates your:

  • annual resource costs
  • resource consumption per student, and
  • progress in reducing resource use compared to baseline data.

What are benchmarks?

The waste, water and energy modules have specific benchmarks calculated as a per student target. 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, 4 or 5 Star school.

Modules also have aspirational targets which measure reduction of resource usage from baseline data. These targets are optional and not required for module completion or star progression. Aspirational targets encourage schools to go beyond average performance and demonstrate true leadership.

Module benchmarks



Aspirational target

Core None None
Biodiversity None 50% habitat improvement from baseline year

60% weeds reduction from baseline year

Waste Maximum waste to landfill level per student per year:

Primary or secondary school: 0.3 m³

70% reduction in waste to landfill from baseline year
Maximum mains water usage level per student per year:

Primary or secondary school: 4 kilolitres

 40% reduction in mains water use per student from baseline year
Energy Maximum energy usage level per student per year:

Primary school: 250 kilowatt-hours, 0.4 tonnes CO₂, and 0.9 gigajoules

Secondary school: 400 kilowatt-hours, 0.6 tonnes CO₂, and 1.4 gigajoules

50% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from baseline year

80% reduction over the longer term.