Contents SoE 2009
New South Wales State of the Environment
People and the Environment Climate Change Human Settlement Atmosphere Land Water Biodiversity  

List of indicators

People and the Environment

Indicator Percentage of land in NSW protected primarily for Aboriginal cultural values and supported by local Aboriginal communities

Indicator Number of new places listed on a NSW statutory list for non-Aboriginal cultural values since the last report

Climate Change

Indicator Annual mean temperature

Indicator Sea level rise

Indicator Atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases

Indicator Annual per capita greenhouse gas emissions

Human Settlement

Indicator Proportion of metropolitan and regional water supply meeting reliability standards for water quality

Indicator Total and per person water consumption for metropolitan and regional centres

Indicator Water recycling

Indicator Energy supply by source

Indicator Energy use

Indicator Public transport use (overall and trips)

Indicator Vehicle kilometres travelled (total and per person)

Indicator Mode of transport to work (Sydney only)

Indicator Energy consumption per transport output

Indicator Transport energy consumption (total)

Indicator Total and per person solid waste disposal

Indicator Total and per person solid waste recycled


Indicator Concentrations of carbon monoxide

Indicator Concentrations of ozone

Indicator Concentrations of lead

Indicator Concentrations of nitrogen dioxide

Indicator Concentrations of sulfur dioxide

Indicator Concentrations of particles (PM10)


Indicator Soil condition (health) index

Indicator . Gully erosion, wind erosion

Indicator . Sheet erosion, acidity, coastal acid sulfate soils, land-based salinity

Indicator . Organic carbon, soil structure

Indicator . Inland acid sulfate soils

Indicator Land managed within capability

Indicator . Sheet erosion control, salinity/waterlogging control

Indicator . Gully erosion control, wind erosion control, acid sulfate soils control

Indicator . Acidification control, organic carbon decline control, soil structure decline control

Indicator Number of regulated contaminated sites

Indicator Exceedences of maximum residue levels in food and produce


Indicator Available water supply (in storage)

Indicator Proportion of water extraction covered by water sharing plans

Indicator Environmental share of available water

Indicator Aquatic macroinvertebrates

Indicator Fish assemblages

Indicator Hydrological condition

Indicator SRA overall health index of Murray–Darling Basin rivers

Indicator Salinity

Indicator Phosphorus

Indicator Wetland extent

Indicator Wetland condition

Indicator Waterbird abundance and diversity

Indicator Extent and condition of groundwater-dependent ecosystems

Indicator Long-term extraction limit: use

Indicator Long-term extraction limit: entitlement

Indicator Land-use impacts on groundwater

Indicator Access at regional scale

Indicator Localised impacts

Indicator Aquifer integrity

Indicator Groundwater quality

Indicator Percentage of beach monitoring sites that comply with swimming water quality guidelines over 90% of the time

Indicator Frequency of algal blooms

Indicator Rocky reef biota

Indicator Chlorophyll-a

Indicator Turbidity

Indicator Catchment disturbance


Indicator Vegetation extent

Indicator Vegetation condition

Indicator Pressures on vegetation

Indicator Clearing rate for woody vegetation

Indicator Terrestrial vertebrate fauna: historical loss of distribution

Indicator Distribution of birds: sustainability

Indicator Threatened species: historical loss of distribution

Indicator Threatened species: sustainability

Indicator Area of terrestrial reserve system

Indicator Area of the marine protected areas system

Indicator New invasive species

Indicator Emerging invasive species

Indicator Widespread invasive species

Indicator Status of key fish stocks

Indicator Impacts of aquatic harvesting (commercial and recreational)

Appendix 1


Appendix 2


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