Communicating the state of the environment

Australian Government Department of the Environment and Energy

State of the environment reporting is an internationally recognised approach to assessing changes in all aspects of our environment.

Every 5 years, independent experts conduct a national assessment of the state of Australia’s environment, which reports on the current condition and trends of our environment and what this means for the future. It is a key publication that informs decision makers and the public, to shape policy and action. 

Biotext is a strategic partner in the development and production of this important national report. Working with the authors and government departments, we helped to plan, shape, write and design content for the 2011 and 2016 reports. We are currently working on the 2021 report.

Each report aims to capture clear messaging as well as in-depth analysis across all aspects of the environment: the 2021 report has an overview, plus 12 chapters examining air quality, biodiversity, climate, coasts, extreme events, heritage, Indigenous, inland water, land, marine, urban and Antarctica.

We have also been involved in jurisdictional state of the environment reporting, including State of the environment South Australia 2013 and ACT state of the environment report 2015.

Our role:

Strategy – we work with the authors, department, user-testing and web teams to develop a content strategy and project plan to ensure that the report has the highest possible impact and to support efficient workflow

Writing – we develop the structure and flow of each report through numerous author revisions and expert reviews, with the aim of presenting clear messages as well as technical detail

Editing – we check scientific accuracy, consistency and clarity of expression through several rounds of editing and proofreading

Information design – we develop concepts for web and print to aid navigation and engagement

Data visualisation – we ensure that graphs and other figures are accurate and easy to understand, and that data are accessible

Infographics – our editors and designers work with authors to identify key messages and concepts, and develop engaging infographics to highlight and explain the messages