Summary Indicators

Extremely hot and dry weather in 2019 created the worst drought and fire conditions in many decades. Overall environmental condition was the poorest since at least 2000 and below- average in all states and territories.

At a glance: Numbers represent the relative change from 2000-2018 average conditions.  Such a change can be part of a long-term trend or be within normal variability.

The Environmental Condition Score is a score between 0 and 10 expressing condition relative to previous years. It is calculated as the average rankings of component scores (from top to bottom in the bar graph): inundation, streamflow (blue), vegetation growth, leaf area, soil protection, tree cover (green) and the number of hot days (orange).

The national Environmental Condition Score was at its lowest since at least 2000, decreasing 2.3 points out of ten to a score of 0.8. Scores declined in all states and territories.

The poorest conditions occurred in NT, NSW and WA. In all cases this was due to dry and hot conditions. The largest decline occurred in WA. Relatively less adverse conditions prevailed in Queensland and Tasmania.

source: Australia’s Environment in 2019 Summary Report (link)