A team of independent experts led the coordination and drafting of each thematic report, and contributed to the Overview, Drivers and Approach reports. The authors were supported in their work by the Australian Government Department of the Environment and Energy.

Content review, fact checking and independent peer review were used to validate and strengthen the content of SoE 2016. All draft reports were reviewed by key stakeholders from the Australian Government, state and territory governments, academia and industry before undergoing independent peer review by subject-matter experts.