SoE 2016 is published through an innovative new digital platform, SoE Digital. The digital platform has been built around the thematic structure and DPSIR framework used in the 2011 and 2016 SoE reports.

As well as presenting the 2016 SoE report, SoE Digital has been designed to house past, current and future SoE information. This allows the comparison of information to build a picture of change over time.

SoE Digital consists of technology not previously used in national SoE reporting which allows users to explore the SoE themes and frameworks in a variety of ways:

  • SoE 2011 content has been republished on SoE Digital, allowing comparison between the 2011 and 2016 reports
  • Assessment summaries are more accessible as users can search by keywords, grades and trends. 2011 Assessment summaries are presented alongside 2016 Assessment summaries where appropriate, and a powerful assessment summary search has been implemented. This allows users to – for example – discover all assessment components that have improved between 2011 and 2016.
  • All content, including the Drivers and Overview reports, are fully searchable using keywords as well as meta-tags such as regions and broad topics.
  • Where possible, datasets have been acquired under a creative commons license which means the data can be used, reused, distributed and built upon so long as it is appropriately attributed.
  • SoE 2016 has over 300 graph and maps and with underlying data sets available for download.
  • Most graphs are interactive, where users can turn variables on or off, show it as a table of data instead, download the graph as an image or download the data from the Australian Government open data portal
  • Spatial data can be viewed using NationalMap infrastructure, launched within SoE Digital, and explore spatial layers, download the underlying data sets, and add their own data for comparison.


Technical details

SoE Digital is built on the govCMS platform (Drupal), using Software-as-a-Service, with extensive theme customisation. The underlying code for the website, the theme, and the TerriaJS (NationalMap) instance are all open source, and can be downloaded from GitHub: