National Plan for Environmental Information initiative

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

It is jointly run by the Bureau of Meteorology and Department of the Environment. Further information can be obtained here.

The Bureau's role and activities

The Bureau's role focuses on operational elements of the initiative and is framed around three areas: coordination, the National Environmental Information Infrastructure, and operational products and services.

Flagship products and activities delivered under the initiative include the Marine Water Quality Dashboard for the Great Barrier Reef; the e-newsletter eXchange; the National Environmental Information Infrastructure; the Environmental Information Products and Services Directory; and the Australian Government Environmental Information Advisory Group.

A complete list of publications produced under the initiative is available 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.

From 2010–14, a range of activities and governance arrangements were established using an initial government investment of $18 million.

There is ongoing support to maintain established products, and progressively expand activities to address Australia's environmental information needs.

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 have been 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.