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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Much of the material listed on these archived web pages has been superseded, or served a particular purpose at a particular time.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 - 1996

Implementation of Agenda 21
Department of the Environment, Sport and Territories, 1996
ISBN 0 6422 4868 0

Table 1

Agenda 21 - Chapter 40

Table 1: Data Collection and Holding Responsibilities
Organsation Data Collection and Holding Responsibility Data Availability (and Cost) On-line Electronic Access
Australian Bureau of Statistics National organisation responsible for collection of socio-economic data, also doing pilot work on environmental accounts and environment-related statistics. Government, NGOs, industry and community (3) Yes. Also statistical data in magnetic format
Australian Institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Information about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and heritage (collected and stored in accord with community values) Government, NGOs, industry and community (3, but only in accord with community values) No
Department of Administrative Services
Australian Surveying and Land Information Group National organisation responsible for surveying and mapping Government, NGOs, industry, community (4)  
Purchasing Australia Development and production of guidelines for environmentally responsible government purchasing. Government, NGOs, industry, community (2)  
Department of the Environment, Sport and Territories
Environmental Resources Information Network Provides network gateway to sources of environmental information about pollution, biodiversity and natural resources management Government, NGOs, industry and community (2) Generally yes
The Environment Protection Agency Developing the National Pollutant Inventory and National Solid Waste database, and the National Environment Industries Database (NEID). Government, NGOs, industry and community (2) Generally no, but yes for NEID
State of the Environment Reporting (SoER) Program Reports four-yearly on the state of and trends in the Australian environment, currently developing core set of environmental indicators for SoER Government, NGOs, industry and community Generally no
Australian Nature Conservation Agency Holds information about Australia's biodiversity Government, NGOs, industry and community Generally no
Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority Holds information about most aspects of the Great Barrier Reef Government, NGOs, industry and community Generally no
Australian Heritage Commission Register of the National Estate database and National Wilderness Inventory database Government, NGOs, industry and community Generally no
Bureau of Meteorology National Climate Data Bank Government, NGOs, industry, community (3) Generally no
Department of Primary Industries and Energy
Bureau of Resource Sciences (inc. NRIC) Holds a number of databases about Australia's natural resources and is jointly developing the National Forests Inventory Government, NGOs, industry and community (3) Generally yes
Australian Geological Survey Organisation Holds many geological databases about Australia Government and industry (3) Generally yes
Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics Provides economic information and undertakes research and analysis relevant to minerals, energy, agriculture, forestry and fishing Government, NGOs, industry, and community (3) Generally yes
Industry Monitors own operations Generally only available within company itself (Generally 5) No
State and Territory Governments Information about pollution, biodiversity, natural resources management and land use Government, industry, NGOs and community (3) Usually no
Universities and Research Organisations Information about pollution, biodiversity, natural resources management and land use Government, NGOs, industry and community (3) Usually no, although situation is changing
Non-government organisations Ad hoc collections of information about pollution, biodiversity, natural resources management and land use Government, industry NGOs and community (3) No
Local Government Holds information about local land use, local environmental conditions and public health Government, industry, NGOs and community (3) No
Cost Codes:
1. Free
2. At cost transfer
3. At cost determined by custodian organisation
4. As per product pricing schedule
5. Restricted to custodian organisation