New South Wales State of the Environment reporting

The NSW State of the Environment (SoE) report is released every three years by the EPA. It describes the health of our environment – our land, water, air and ecosystems, and urban environment, at a state-wide level.

The State of the Environment 2021 report is available on a standalone interactive reporting website at

The SoE report

  • provides credible, robust, statewide environmental information for the NSW Government, decision makers, business and the community
  • assesses the status and condition of major environmental resources in NSW and examines environmental trends
  • describes pressures that affect the environment and responses to those pressures. 

The report is prepared under section 10 of the Protection of the Environment Administration Act 1991 and is tabled in Parliament. Much of the information originates from a wide range of government agencies and independent specialists who provide data, information, analysis and interpretation, as well as reviewing the content of the report.

The 2021 report continues to build on valuable time-series data of previous reports. It has been published through an innovative and interactive web platform providing greater access, key indicators and trends at a glance; innovations that have been expanded since being first showcased with the previous report in 2018. Unique to the 2021 report is the inclusion of Aboriginal perspectives and stories relating to many of the topic areas.

Most states and territories of Australia produce their own detailed SoE reports. At a national level SoE reporting is conducted every five years by the Australian Government Department of the Environment.

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