As required by the Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability Act 2003, the Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability (the Commissioner) submitted the State of the Environment 2018 Report (the Report) to the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change in early 2019.
The Report was tabled in Parliament by the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change on 19 March 2019. The Report provides an indication of the state of Victoria’s environment through analysis of an extensive set of 170 indicators covering both biophysical and socio-economic factors.
The Commissioner makes 20 recommendations within the Report which are largely targeted at improving the acquisition, quality, access and management of environmental data, or enhancing work in specific policy or program areas. The Report also highlights the opportunity for community involvement in the monitoring and caring for our environment. The Victorian Government’s formal response to the 20 recommendations is presented within this document. As outlined in the response, the Government’s priorities are driven by understanding what matters most to the community and by focusing work on delivering better environmental outcomes for all Victorians.
State of the Forests reports are produced every five years to evaluate and report on the condition of Victoria’s forests.