THE Australian Government last week released the latest report card on the nation's environment, with the tabling of Australia State of the Environment 2011 in Parliament.
The report is the fourth in a series of independent assessments produced and presented to Parliament every five years on Australia's environmental health.
Environment Minister Tony Burke said the report provided an invaluable insight into the current condition of the environment and its outlook, and will be an important reference for decision-makers and communities.
"The report provides a big-picture view of what Australia's doing right, what we could do better, and what more we need to know to target our management responses," Mr Burke said.
"We are turning things around on some counts but, on others, we are still facing challenges with the legacy of centuries of over-consumption and pollution of our environmental resources."
Australia State of the Environment 2011 covers the state of our atmosphere, land, biodiversity, inland waters, coast and marine environment, the Antarctic, heritage and built environment.
It also tackles the major drivers of environmental pressures: climate change and a growing economy and population.
The Australia State of the Environment 2011 report is available from the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities website at <http://www.environment.gov.au/soe/2011>.