These documents were commissioned by the 2006 Australian State of the Environment Committee to provide information on each of the SoE reporting themes. The seven themes from SoE 1996 and SoE 2001 were chosen by the committee, as well as an additional theme - the Australian Antarctic Territory - that was included for the first time in SoE 2006.
Independent contract authors prepared the commentaries and the opinions contained within them are those of the authors. The commentaries were used to inform and support the SoE 2006 report, Australia State of the Environment 2006 (SoE2006).
The documents are an informed and expert commentary for each of the themes, based on data and information available since SoE 2001.
Where data were available, the commentary writers analysed the data in the web-based Data Reporting System, especially with regard to trends, the implications for the condition of the environment, the pressures on the environment and the effectiveness of responses to an issue.
The theme commentaries provided for SoE 2006 are: