The National Plan for Environmental Information Initiative

About the Initiative

The natural environment is vital to our wellbeing and that of future generations. Our landscapes, oceans, water, atmosphere and biodiversity play an important role in the economy-from agriculture and mining to energy production and tourism-and are fundamental to our Australian identity and way of life.

To manage this natural capital responsibly, governments, industry and the community need comprehensive, trusted and timely environmental information. Good information is essential for us to make sound decisions, individually and collectively, about the major issues affecting our natural assets.

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.

Resources available from the Bureau’s website include:


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.

To inform the review, consultations were held with 19 Australian Government agencies and other selected organisations. A discussion paper was circulated to inform the process.

The reviewers’ report to the minister identifies obstacles to efficient and effective use of environmental information across the Australian Government and recommends a set of actions to address these issues.

Download the final report here:

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.


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