State of the Environment 2006 (SoE 2006)

State of the Environment 2006 (SoE 2006) was the third independent national stocktake of the Australian environment. It covered the five-year period 2001 to 2006, and reported on all aspects of the environment.

SoE 2006 comprises several inter-related elements: the report - Australia State of the Environment 2006 (SoE2006); numerous supporting documents; and data in the Data Reporting System.

SoE 2006 was launched by the former Minister for the Environment and Heritage on 6 December 2006.

Associate Professor Bob Beeton, chair of the 2006 Australian State of the Environment Committee outlined the Committee's key messages and issues for the future in his speech at the launch function.

SoE 2006 report and summary

The SoE 2006 report, Australia State of the Environment 2006 (SoE2006), was prepared by the independent 2006 Australian State of the Environment Committee. It was provided to the former Australian Government Minister for the Environment and Heritage in October 2006, and tabled in the Australian Parliament in December 2006.

Australia State of the Environment 2006 AT A GLANCE, a summary of the key findings from the report, was also prepared by the Committee.

A printed copy of the report or summary (both including a CD-ROM containing the full report and accompanying documents) can be ordered by completing the order form or by phone 1800 803 772.

Supporting documents

These documents were commissioned by the 2006 Australian State of the Environment Committee to provide additional information. Independent contract authors prepared these documents and the opinions contained within them are those of the authors. The documents were used to inform and support the SoE 2006 report, Australia State of the Environment 2006 (SoE2006).

Data

The Data Reporting System (DRS) was compiled by the former Department of the Environment and Heritage at the request of the 2006 Australian State of the Environment Committee. The DRS was used to inform and support the SoE 2006 report, Australia State of the Environment 2006 (SoE2006).

The DRS is a data and information management system. The DRS has been designed to provide public access to information about 174 critical issues, identified across the SoE reporting themes. These issues have been informed through data collected on 263 selected indicators. An indicator is an aspect of an issue that is measurable and that in some way represents a key element of the selected issue.

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