Australian Collaborative Rangeland Information System: Reporting Change in the Rangelands
Department of the Environment and Heritage, June 2005
About the report
Reporting on change in the rangelands is a substantial task. The rangelands cover some 75% of the Australian continent, include some of the most remote places, and support some of the least disturbed landscapes in Australia. It is important that we monitor and understand change in the rangelands, so that we can step in quickly and effectively to maintain or improve ecological, economic and social values.
The Australian Collaborative Rangeland Information System (ACRIS) is a coordinating mechanism that brings together rangeland information from State, Northern Territory and Commonwealth agencies and other sources. ACRIS has a Management Committee comprising representatives of Australian and State/NT governments and a small Management Unit co-located with the Desert Knowledge Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) in Alice Springs. We report to the Audit Advisory Council on technical issues, and Natural Resource Programs and Policy Committee on issues of policy.
The critical first stage for the ACRIS has been testing the quality of our information and our capacity to bring it together into a national picture. We have tested the reporting system against five questions in five pilot regions (Gascoyne–Murchison, WA; Gawler bioregion, SA; Darling Riverine Plains bioregion, NSW; Desert Uplands bioregion, Queensland; and the Victoria River District [VRD], NT). These regions have a combined area of 1,030,960 km2, approximately 16.2% othe rangelands and 13.4% of Australia.