State and trends of vegetation

Very poor,Poor,Good,Very good

Declining clearance rates, but still significant impacts, particularly in Queensland

Year(s): 
2016
3
Deteriorating
Confidence (in grade): 
Adequate
Confidence (in trend): 
Adequate
Comparability (to previous reports): 
Comparable

Topics

More than 90% of the original native vegetation remains in central and northern mainland Australia, and in Tasmania’s central highlands and south-west

Year(s): 
2011
4
Stable
Confidence (in grade): 
Adequate
Confidence (in trend): 
Adequate
Comparability (to previous reports): 
Not assessed

Topics

Fragmentation means that smaller patches of native vegetation contribute a greater proportion of the remaining extent within intensive land-use zones

Year(s): 
2016
2
Deteriorating
Confidence (in grade): 
Adequate
Confidence (in trend): 
Adequate
Comparability (to previous reports): 
Comparable

Topics

Less than 50% of the original native vegetation remains in most of Australia’s major primary production regions, and in many settled coastal regions

Year(s): 
2011
2
Stable
Confidence (in grade): 
Adequate
Confidence (in trend): 
Adequate
Comparability (to previous reports): 
Not assessed

Topics

Landscape-scale issues such as feral animals, altered fire regimes and invasive species are still threats. Resourcing to address particular issues is patchy and not undertaken in a holistic manner

Year(s): 
2016
3
Deteriorating
Confidence (in grade): 
Adequate
Confidence (in trend): 
Adequate
Comparability (to previous reports): 
Somewhat comparable

Topics

Although there are exceptions associated with invasive species or management regimes, the degree of modification of most vegetation outside the intensive land-use zones is relatively small. The proportion of each major vegetation group classified in VAST categories I or II (residual or modified) averages 80%

Year(s): 
2011
3
Deteriorating
Confidence (in grade): 
Limited
Confidence (in trend): 
Limited
Comparability (to previous reports): 
Not assessed

Topics

With most remnants small and isolated, condition deteriorates as exogenous influences play a greater role in reducing habitat quality

Year(s): 
2016
2
Deteriorating
Confidence (in grade): 
Adequate
Confidence (in trend): 
Adequate
Comparability (to previous reports): 
Somewhat comparable

Topics

The proportion of each major vegetation group classified in VAST categories I or II (residual or modified) averages 40%

Year(s): 
2011
2
Deteriorating
Confidence (in grade): 
Limited
Confidence (in trend): 
Limited
Comparability (to previous reports): 
Not assessed

Topics

Metcalfe D, Bui E (2016). Land: State and trends of vegetation. In: Australia state of the environment 2016, Australian Government Department of the Environment and Energy, Canberra, https://soe.environment.gov.au/assessment-summary-54-state-and-trends-vegetation, DOI 10.4226/94/58b6585f94911