NSW State of the Environment 2012

List of indicators

People and the Environment

Indicator Public transport use (overall and trips)

Indicator Vehicle kilometres travelled (total and per person)

Indicator Mode of transport to work (GMR key centres)

Indicator Atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases

Indicator Total annual NSW greenhouse gas emissions

Indicator Annual NSW per capita greenhouse gas emissions

Indicator Total and per person solid waste disposal

Indicator Total and per person solid waste recycled

Indicator Proportion of the 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 Total NSW energy use

Indicator NSW non-renewable energy supply

Indicator NSW renewable energy supply

Indicator Energy use per capita

Indicator Increase in the number of hectares of public lands that Aboriginal people are actively involved in managing

Indicator Increase in the number of Aboriginal culturally significant objects and places protected


Indicator Concentrations of ozone

Indicator Concentrations of particles (PM10)

Indicator Concentrations of carbon monoxide

Indicator Concentrations of nitrogen dioxide

Indicator Concentrations of sulfur dioxide

Indicator Concentrations of lead


Indicator Soil health index (overall)

Indicator Soil acidity

Indicator Soil carbon

Indicator Soil structure

Indicator Acid sulfate soils

Indicator Soil salinity

Indicator Sheet erosion

Indicator Gully erosion

Indicator Wind erosion

Indicator Land use within capability

Indicator Land management within capability

Indicator Soil acidity control

Indicator Soil carbon decline control

Indicator Soil structure decline control

Indicator Acid sulfate soils control

Indicator Salinity/waterlogging control

Indicator Sheet erosion control

Indicator Gully erosion control

Indicator Wind erosion 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 Health of aquatic macroinvertebrate communities

Indicator Health of fish assemblages

Indicator Hydrological condition

Indicator SRA overall health index of Murray–Darling Basin rivers

Indicator Salinity levels

Indicator Phosphorus levels

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 Aquifer integrity

Indicator Groundwater quality

Indicator Percentage of beaches with beach suitability grades for swimming of good or better

Indicator Frequency of algal blooms

Indicator Distribution of rocky reef-covering biota

Indicator Chlorophyll-a levels in seawater

Indicator Turbidity levels in seawater

Indicator Percentage of estuaries with beach suitability grades for swimming of good or better

Indicator Distribution of estuarine macrophytes

Indicator Levels of catchment disturbance

Indicator Levels of riparian disturbance

Indicator Rate of sea level rise


Indicator Terrestrial mammals: long-term (~200 year) loss of distribution

Indicator Birds: long-term (~200 year) loss of distribution

Indicator Proportion of vertebrate fauna species that is non-threatened

Indicator Number of threatened species, communities and populations

Indicator Extent of native vegetation

Indicator Condition of native vegetation

Indicator Levels of pressures on native vegetation condition

Indicator Clearing rate for woody native vegetation

Indicator Area of terrestrial reserve system

Indicator Area of the marine protected areas system

Indicator Number of new invasive species detected

Indicator Spread of emerging invasive species

Indicator Impact of widespread invasive species

Indicator Average area of bushfires in the NSW reserve system

Indicator Ratio – area of bushfires to area of management burns in the NSW reserve system