About the report
The ACT’s State of the Environment 2019 report responds to the statutory requirement to provide the ACT community and Government with commentary and analysis about the environment in the territory.
The reporting period for this report is from 1 July 2015 to 30 June 2019, with a data cut-off date of 30 June 2019. Formal recommendations are made, key actions are provided to assist with ongoing management, and data gaps and policy challenges are outlined.
This website contains a condensed version of the printed report, which was tabled in the ACT Legislative assembly on 13 February 2020 by the Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability, Shane Rattenbury.
PDFs of both full report and select sections are available here.
Professor Kate Auty
ACT Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment
Thanks go to Sean Grimes, the Director of State of the Environment Reporting, for the rigorous analysis which underpins this report, and to others in the Office who have contributed their skills.
Thanks to the following ACT directorates and agencies which provided the data, policy and other information used in this report, and undertook reviews of draft content: Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development; Transport; Canberra and City Services; Health, Education; Environment Protection Authority; Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development; Justice and Community Safety; ACT Emergency Services Agency; and the City Renewal Authority.
Other content contributors include the Bureau of Meteorology, Australian Bureau of Statistics, Icon Water, National Capital Authority, ACT Waterwatch, Canberra Ornithologists Group, and Frogwatch.
Thanks also go to expert contributors and reviewers including: Brad Moggridge (University of Canberra), Dr Sophie Lewis (University of NSW), Dr Fiona Dyer (University of Canberra), Associate Professor Michael Vardon (Australian National University), Professor Ian Falconer, Professor Phil Gibbons (Australian National University), Associate Professor Cris Brack (Australian National University), Professor Simon Haberle and colleagues (Australian National University), and Professor Sandy Toussaint (University of Western Australia and University of Notre Dame Australia).
Photo credits go to Ryan Colley and Matthew Sherren. Website by Icelab.