The natural environment is essential to our wellbeing. Our landscapes, oceans, water, atmosphere and biodiversity play an important role in the economy 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.
Established in 2010, the National Plan for Environmental Information initiative will improve our capacity to monitor, detect and predict change in the environment.
The initiative will deliver improved access to high quality information to assist decision-making and will drive better collection, management and use of existing environmental information. Standards and systems will be developed to help us account for changes in the environment and understand how decisions impact on the environment, economy and society.