The National Plan for Environmental Information Initiative
About the Initiative
Improving the quality and coverage of Australia's environmental information is being led by the Australian Government through the National Plan for Environmental Information. This initiative brings together all our efforts in national environmental information, building and maintaining this critical information infrastructure for the future.
The National Plan for Environmental Information initiative will deliver improved access to high quality information to assist environmental decision-making by the Australian Government. It will build our capacity to monitor, detect and predict change in the environment and maintain this capacity over the long-term.
The initiative is jointly led by the Bureau of Meteorology and the Department of the Environment. It is an Australian Government environmental information reform program that will help us account for changes in the environment and understand the impacts of decisions on the environment, economy and society.
Online resources available from the Bureau of Meteorlogy include:
- The National Environmental Information Infrastructure (NEII) web and collaboration space
- The Environmental Information Products and Services Directory providing a central point of access to environmental information products and services.
- Publications and subscription to eXchange, an electronic newsletter promoting environmental information activities.
National Principles for Environmental Information
The National Principles for Environmental Information increase the value of environmental information for the environment, society and the economy by improving its discovery, access and re-use.
Independent Review of Australian Government Environmental Information Activity
In November 2011, the Secretary engaged Dr Stephen Morton and Ms Anthea Tinney to undertake an independent review of environmental information activity across the Australian Government.
- Independent review of Australian Government environmental information activity - Discussion paper
- Independent review of Australian Government environmental information activity - Final report
Statement of Australian Government Requirements for Environmental Information released
In June 2012 the Environmental Information Advisory Group (EIAG) released a Statement of Australian Government Requirements for Environmental Information. The statement identifies – across nine broad areas of interest – policy, research and operational activities of the Australian Government that are dependent upon environmental information.
More information about the Statement is available from the Bureau of Meteorology web site.
For further information email: EnvironmentalInfo@environment.gov.au