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Participating in the Essential Environmental Measures for Australia program is an opportunity to shape a national framework that will improve the availability of environmental data for you, your organisation, and all Australians.

The program provides facilitation and secretariat support for two forms of expert working groups:

  • Measures working groups aim to identify measures that are essential for tracking change in the state of the environment, and
  • Data working groups aim to make measure-related data more findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable (FAIR).

Why should I participate?

By participating in the program, you will be strengthening the environmental information base available to all Australians. Your contribution will help maximise the usefulness of the program for your organisation and for other end users.

Some of the long-term benefits for you and your organisation may include:

  • increased reuse and citation of your data, maximising your investment in data,
  • access to new data sources for your analysis and reporting needs, and
  • a national framework with which you can align future data collection activities, further facilitating reuse of your data.

On a personal level, you will have an opportunity to connect with leading experts in the environmental information community. Participating in the program is a way to share your expertise and learn from the expertise of others. As a working group member, you will engage with the latest thinking in environmental monitoring and data management, garnering insights that you can apply in your own organisation.

How can I participate?

The program seeks volunteers with environmental science, management, policy, and or/data expertise. Data custodians, researchers, managers, policy officers, and other members of the environmental information community all provide valuable input into the program.

Volunteers may choose to participate in measures and/or data working groups (Figure 1).

Measures working groups identify candidate measures in particular theme areas (e.g. the marine environment). These groups prepare and refine submissions to the Expert Panel on Essential Environmental Measures.

Data working groups lead projects that contribute to making measure-related data more findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable (FAIR). These projects are guided by the National Principles for Environmental Information.

If you want to be part of an established stakeholder network, please contact the Program Manager. 

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Diagram stepping through the roles and responsibilities of expert working groups
Figure 1. The program provides facilitation and secretariat support for two forms of expert working groups

Top images: Participants at the native vegetation workshop, June 2017. Photos by Ben Roudnew.