State of the Environment (SoE) reporting is a process for describing, analysing and communicating information on conditions and trends in the environment. It also describes the context and significance of the conditions and trends. Air quality information is included as part of SoE reporting.
National State of the Environment Report
National SoE reporting is carried out on a continental scale for the land and for coastal and marine environments, and includes Australia's external territories. The Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 requires that a national SoE Report be produced every five years. This provides scope for changes in environmental pressures and condition to be tracked over the long term. See:
Commonwealth State of the Environment (SoE) reporting website.
Tasmanian State of the Environment Report
Three SoE reports were produced by the independent Tasmanian Planning Commission. The reports assessed conditions and trends in the environment, the achievement of resource management objectives, and provided recommendations for future action to be taken in relation to the management of the environment. The Tasmanian SoE included a chapter on air quality covering ambient (outdoor) air quality issues, indoor air quality issues, climate change issues and ozone depletion issues. The 2009 State of the Environment Overview report is the only document currently available online.
Hobart City Council State of the Environment Report
Hobart City Council have released two State of the Environment reports for the Hobart municipality (1998, 2010). These document environmental issues affecting the area, and the ways in which the local environment is managed. Information on air quality is included. Copies are available from the
Hobart City Council website.