Environmental health

Report

21 Sep 2017

On July 20, 2017, the federal government released plans to reduce protection of Australia’s marine environment. 40 million hectares of highly protected sanctuary areas could be removed from the country’s network of Commonwealth marine parks, an area twice the size of Victoria.

In the...

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11 Sep 2017

The Four Corners program reported on the implementation of the 2012 NSW Water Sharing Plan for the Barwon-Darling system. The Water Sharing Plan sets out the water entitlements for stakeholders (including irrigators, the environment, communities and industry). It forms the basis for individual...

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Book

08 Aug 2017

The average Australian spends 90 per cent of their time indoors. For many people a large proportion of that time is spent in the office – eight hours a day, five days a week (and often more). But what are these offices doing to our health? Are they providing a healthy environment in which to be...

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Discussion paper

28 Jul 2017

Australian governments have been trying to develop northern Australia for a long time, with the latest policy papers and Northern Australian Infrastructure Facility just the most recent in a long tradition of generally unsuccessful attempts to entice more people to the continent’s north with the...

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Report

15 Jul 2017

This report is a documentation of the rates and directions of migration of limesand dunes in parts of Western Australia. With the application of ArcGIS, georeferenced maps and aerial images from 1960 to 2010 were used to measure and monitor the locations of a selection of mobile dunes along the...

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Report

29 Jun 2017

National parks, reserves and other protected areas are vital to the survival of Australia’s unique fauna and flora – animals and plants found nowhere else in the world – and to our valuable nature tourism industry. National parks and other protected areas also provide many other valuable ‘...

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Report

26 Jun 2017

It’s renowned as the world’s largest living thing. The Great Barrier Reef is also the biggest contributor to our national economy and our international brand.

Putting a price on it might seem impossible, given the reef’s irreplaceable beauty and biodiversity. Of course it’s invaluable on...

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Research report

29 May 2017

This report details the outcomes from consultation with Australia’s health stakeholders, including professional health and hospital groups, health leaders, academics, scientists, parliamentarians and policymakers during 2016 regarding a National Strategy on Climate, Health and Well-being for...

Research report

27 Apr 2017

This report measures the quality of New Zealand's waterways; water quantity and flows; biodiversity in rivers and lakes; and the cultural health of fresh water. It is the first dedicated report on fresh water in New Zealand’s Environmental Reporting Series and will be a baseline for tracking...

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Research report

Technical report

12 Apr 2017

The report is in two sections. The first is a summary report written from my Office with the assistance of the Departmental Science Advisors from the Department of Conservation and the Ministry for the Environment. This overview avoids technical detail but tries to explain the core issues of...

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Video program

26 Mar 2017

This 15'27" "Sunday" television current affairs story journeys down the Selwyn River in New Zealand investigating the impact of dairy farming, climate change and irrigation in causing reduced flow and high nitrate levels. Considers whether the river is like a canary in a coal mine and whether it...

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Discussion paper

16 Mar 2017

Today the Productivity Commission released an issues paper posing the questions the Commission will seek to ask and answer in their National Water Reform Inquiry.

Water reform has supported growth in agriculture and other industries, returned much needed water to the environment, created...

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Discussion paper

05 Mar 2017

This paper examines the evidence available from peer-reviewed journal publications regarding the broad array of health concerns associated with unconventional gas mining and whether two Western Australian governmental reports, used to contribute to policy decisions on unconventional gas,...

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Data portal

21 Feb 2017

The AODN Portal provides access to all available Australian marine and climate science data and provides the primary access to Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS) data including access to the IMOS metadata.

IMOS is a national collaborative research infrastructure, supported by...

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Research report

16 Feb 2017

As the mining boom winds down and the mining clean up boom begins, mine site rehabilitation and mine abandonment are emerging as major issues for Australian communities, governments and taxpayers. All stakeholders will need information on the status of mines and their rehabilitation efforts to...

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Technical report

08 Feb 2017

The attached Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) Technical Report, Environmental Research in Macquarie Harbour- Interim Synopsis of Benthic and Water Column Conditions January 2017, was prepared by Dr Ross and Associate Professor MacLeod at the EPA Director’s request in...

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Strategy

17 Jan 2017

The Independent Inquiry into Victoria’s Environment Protection Authority (EPA) was undertaken over ten months from June 2015 to March 2016 by a Ministerial Advisory Committee chaired by Penny Armytage. The inquiry made 48 recommendations to government about how the EPA can be equipped to meet...

Discussion paper

15 Dec 2016

In 2016, an independent review of the Fuel Quality Standards Act 2000 found that the regulation of the quality of fuel supplied in Australia had led to a quantifiable reduction in the level of pollutants and emissions arising from the use of fuel.

Following this review, the Australian...

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Strategy

09 Nov 2016

The Leadership Forum on Energy Transition is calling on the federal government to lead a national energy transition plan to shift Australia to clean energy, through engaging across parliament and with all levels of government, communities, workers and businesses. The plan should drive a...

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Research report

14 Oct 2016

RMCG has completed a ground-breaking socio-economic study of the impact of the Basin Plan across the Goulburn-Murray Irrigation District (GMID). The study was commissioned by concerned agencies and stakeholders across the region.

The study shows that the Basin Plan has led to significant...