Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts logo
Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts home page

Archived media releases and speeches


Much of the material listed on these archived web pages has been superseded, or served a particular purpose at a particular time.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

The Hon Peter Garrett MP
Minister for Environment Protection, Heritage and the Arts

A new knowledge powerhouse for the environment

Media release
11 May 2010

Download the PDF

The Rudd Government will invest $18.0 million over four years to establish a groundbreaking National Plan for Environmental Information to help protect our precious environmental assets into the future.

"The National Plan for Environmental Information is the first step towards long term reform of Australia's environmental information base, building this critical infrastructure for the future," Minister for Environment Protection Peter Garrett said today.

"The wellbeing of our communities and economy is inextricably linked to the health of our environment—our atmospheric, terrestrial, aquatic and marine ecosystems.

"It is increasingly understood that we need comprehensive and timely environmental information to help ensure government policies and programs are evidence-based and effective, and to improve decision-making about Australia's natural capital.

"National economic accounts are taken for granted as a means of tracking our progress as a nation and as a basis for economic decision making.

"We support the need for similarly credible national environmental accounts. The National Plan for Environmental Information sets us on this path."

This initiative will coordinate and prioritise the way the Australian Government collects, manages and uses environmental information.

Ongoing funding of $4.4 million per annum will be used to progressively expand activities and maintain this new record of environmental information.

"Decision makers at all levels of government, industry, community groups and business will benefit from reliable access to credible information on Australia's environment," Mr Garrett said.

"Their ability to make better-informed decisions will deliver a healthier environment for a stronger Australia."

The Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts will implement the reform, and the Bureau of Meteorology will be the central authority for environmental information.

More information on the National Plan for Environmental Information is at and  

İ Commonwealth of Australia