State of the Environment reporting in the ACT

The ACT’s 4-yearly State of the Environment reporting is a requirement of the Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment Act 1993. The report provides the ACT community and Government with commentary and analysis about the condition of the environment and progress towards sustainability.

ACT State of the Environment Report 2019

The ACT State of the Environment Report 2019 was tabled in the ACT Legislative assembly on the 13 February 2020 by the Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability, Shane Rattenbury. Environmental assessments and formal recommendations are made, key actions are provided to assist with ongoing management, and data gaps and policy challenges are outlined.

This is the first ACT State of the Environment Report to start with a chapter on Indigenous people’s interests, reflecting the depth of Aboriginal people’s knowledge and commitment to caring for country. The 2019 report also discusses the extraordinary community commitment to the environment and citizen science in the ACT, and the benefits and challenges for Canberra’s urban forest.

The ACT State of the Environment Report 2019 can be viewed and downloaded below.

OCSE will also launch an interactive ACT State of the Environment website in 2020.


ACT State of the Environment - Full Report 
ACT State of the Environment - Summary Report 
Commissioner's Foreword 
Executive Summary 
Recommendations 
Chapter 1 - Context 
Chapter 2 - Ngunnawal CountryCLICK HERE for Storymap
Chapter 3 - Community Leadership CLICK HERE for Storymap
Chapter 4 - Urban TreesCLICK HERE for Storymap
Chapter 5 - Indicators, Condition and Trends 

Chapter 6 - Government Responses