Excerpt taken from report: State of the Data and Digital Nation, April 2019, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
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CASE STUDY WESTERN AUSTRALIA: Index of biodiversity surveys for assessments
The first of its kind nationally, Western Australia has implemented the Index of Biodiversity Surveys for Assessments (IBSA).
IBSA is operated by the Western Australian Government and was designed in collaboration with the Western Australian Biodiversity Science Institute.
IBSA captures and consolidates data from approximately $32 million of industry surveys that are conducted each year to support environmental impact assessments, and provides a platform for making these data publicly accessible.
The enhanced availability of biodiversity survey data through IBSA will improve timeframes and reduce costs for environmental assessments, support decision-making and deliver improved environmental outcomes.