What is SoE and why report?

Every 5 years, the Australian Government commissions an independent review of the state of the environment. The purpose of national state of the environment reporting is to:

  • provide all Australians with authoritative information on the state of the environment that sustains our economy and wellbeing
  • provide the Australian public, the Australian Government and other decision-makers responsible for managing our environment with an assessment of how effectively the Australian environment is being managed and what the key national environmental issues are.

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How is SoE written?

SoE 2016 follows the structure of SoE 2011. This section describes the contents and framework of the reports and the approach used to make assessments. 

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Who writes SoE?

A team of independent experts led the coordination and drafting of each thematic report, and contributed to the Overview, Drivers and Approach reports.

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SoE Digital

This website is an interactive online platform that improves the ability of users to track change over time and access the information they want. 

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Meet the authors and key contributors