State of the Environment reporting in the Australian Capital Region
The ACT is situated within two bioregions, five local government areas, three catchment areas, four Rural Lands Protection Board areas and five Local Aboriginal Land Council areas.
State of the Environment assessments of the biodiversity, air, water, heritage and land values of the ACT are inextricably connected to the region biophysically, politically, socially and economically.
The CSE engages with regional groups such as the Canberra Region Joint Organisation (CRJO) and individual Councils on environmental reporting in the region. The ACT also has a number of memorandums of understanding (MOUs) with regional NSW that allow for cross-border collaboration on strategic issues that affect the region. The ACT Government and South East Regional Organisation of Councils MOU was signed in 2012, and the Australian Capital Territory and New South Wales MOU for Regional Collaboration in 2011.
Until 2012 the CSE had worked collaboratively with Councils to develop the SouthEast Regional State of the Environment Report. However since that time there have been significant changes and multiple reforms to the local government sector in NSW. Since 2012 individual Councils in the greater Canberra region have reported on the state and condition of their own local government areas through reporting mechanisms prescribed by the Local Government Act 1993. Local councils maintain this information on their own websites.