On 11 May 2010 the Minister for Environment Protection, Heritage and the Arts announced a new initiative to address the environmental information needs of the nation. The National Plan for Environmental Information is the first step toward a long-term commitment to reform Australia’s environmental information base and build this critical infrastructure for the future.

The plan will coordinate and prioritise the way the Australian Government collects, manages and uses environmental information. It represents a long-term approach to building and improving our environmental information base. In the first four years, the initiative will:

  • establish the Bureau of Meteorology as the Australian Government authority for environmental information
  • formalise arrangements to coordinate priorities and activities across government
  • review existing information resources, and environmental information activity
  • begin building priority national environmental datasets and the infrastructure to deliver them.

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