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Publications archive - International Activities and Commitments


Key departmental publications, e.g. annual reports, budget papers and program guidelines are available in our online archive.

Much of the material listed on these archived web pages has been superseded, or served a particular purpose at a particular time. It may contain references to activities or policies that have no current application. Many archived documents may link to web pages that have moved or no longer exist, or may refer to other documents that are no longer available.

Australia's report to the UNCSD - 1995

Implementation of Agenda 21
Department of the Environment, Sport and Territories, 1995
ISBN 0 6444 3152 0

Case study - National Resource Information Centre (NRIC)

A Case Study in Natural Resource Information Services

The National Resource Information Centre (NRIC) is a part of the Bureau of Resource Sciences, a professionally independent research bureau within the Federal Department of Primary Industries and Energy. NRIC has the primary mission of facilitating information flow to support critical decisions about major sustainable development issues.

While much of NRIC's work has been on the development of research and demonstration projects in close collaboration with clients within and outside government, it has also undertaken more broadly based work in the area of environmental assessment.

NRIC has built information systems on behalf of all parties for the National Forest Inventory, the National Radioactive Waste Repository Site Selection Project and the Cape York Peninsula Land Use Strategy.

NRIC is widely recognised as a world leader in geographic information systems, metadata and directories, exploratory data analysis and visualisation, integration of GIS with other technologies, and decision support systems.

NRIC is currently working with a wide range of clients, both inside and outside government, and both within Australia and overseas on, tropical savannah, soils, temperate wheat lands, temperate forests, the coastal zone, the Exclusive Economic Zone, arid lands, tropical forests, and hazardous wastes.

Data and metadata

NRIC built and operates the national directory of datasets (currently with more than 4000 major datasets described) and has links to all major international data directories. NRIC manages more than 30 national and 100 regional datasets.

Training at the advanced systems institute

NRIC established the Advanced Systems Institute (ASI) in 1993 to provide 'best-practice' focused training in the use of advanced computing technologies in natural resource management. The ASI builds on NRIC's expertise and leadership in the innovative use of computer technologies in support of sustainable development policy generation and natural resource management programs.

The target client group for the ASI are professionals working in Australia and overseas who require a better understanding of the available techniques and/or those who need to be able to utilise these techniques more effectively. The ASI courses are also of great interest to agencies needing to develop total information solutions to their resource management problems. The courses enable these agencies to develop their own systems to access, integrate, enhance and visualise their natural resource and environmental data.

NRIC can be contacted by email: NRIC is progressively developing information for access through the World Wide Web at