National Plan for Environmental Information initiative

The National Plan for Environmental Information initiative was an Australian Government programme intended to improve the quality and accessibility of environmental information.

It was jointly run by the Bureau of Meteorology and Department of the Environment and Energy. The initiative is now being realised through the National Environmental Information Infrastructure Programme which seeks to improve discovery, access and re-use of environmental information. A list of publications produced under the initiative are availble here.

History

The initiative was announced in May 2010 by the Minister for Environment Protection, Heritage and the Arts as a first step toward a long-term commitment to reform Australia's environmental information base.

There is ongoing support to maintain established products such as the National Environmental Information Infrastructure and activities such as eXchange.

National Principles for Environmental Information

The National Principles for Environmental Information provide guidance to Australian government data custodians in the form of ten principles on how best to make data and information more discoverable, accessible and re-usable. They were developed and endorsed by the Australian Government Environmental Information Advisory Group. The principles promote improved transparency, effectiveness and value of environmental information, leading to better outcomes for the environment, society and the economy.