Land, water and biodiversity

Detrimental changes to land in Australia over the past 200 years – land degradation – have also resulted in extensively degraded waterways and estuaries, the need to treat most of our drinking water and the continuing decline in Australia’s biodiversity.

Fact & Issue Sheets

Land degradation in Australia

The detrimental changes to land that have occurred in Australia following European settlement are discussed.

Rural water

Water management is one of Australia’s most significant natural resource management issues.

Urban water supply and use

The impacts of climate change on urban water resources are expected to be felt most severely in southern and eastern Australia, its most heavily urbanised regions. Planning for our water future is a necessary and, in many cases, urgent task.

Biodiversity in Australia

The international community increasingly supports biodiversity protection. Australia, recognised as ‘megadiverse’, harbours a high percentage of Earth’s species and needs improved levels of protection and conservation.

Study Guides

Recent releases


Hear Our Voice book cover Hear Our Voice Ken Coghill & Paula Wright

New reports

Book cover Are we progressing: Comprehensive monitoring and reporting in Australia Andrew Macintosh & Deb Wilkinson

New Essays

HRFA-cover Human Rights For and Against Spencer Zifcak & Alison King

Aus-Economy The Australian Economy Ian McAuley

GPoverty-img Global poverty Michelle Sowey

For the launch of the new web site:

Democracy in Australia

Full revisions completed.

Fact and Issue Sheets

Revisions to nearly all sheets completed.

School resources

Full revisions completed.