Data Collection

Collection of Existing Data

In late 2015 all relevant State ministers were contacted by the Federal Environment Minister requesting their help and a contact to be nominated within their state. In early 2016 initial contact was made with relevant people with early focus on NSW and Victoria identified as the two states to begin the data collection process. The data collected is now displayed on this site.

The effluent quality data contained in the NOD is collected through various Australian water authorities and local councils. Currently, there are 192 outfall sites, which are managed by 43 authorities across five states and the Northern Territory with the focus on ocean, coastal and estuarine outfalls. The complete list of contributors is in the page Who’s involved.

What kind of data is collected?

The NOD collects the outfall information and effluent quality data. Outfall information includes the outfall GPS location, scale, licence number, water manager, and estimated serviced population. A brief description of serviced areas and wastewater discharged location is collected from the various sources, such as annual report, National Pollution Inventory, Environmental Protection Authority, Australian Bureau of Statistics and the authorities’ websites.

The effluent quality data collected contains various water indicators data. Currently, there are 30 indicators recorded in the database, such as E. coli, nitrogen, phosphorus, turbidity, and pH.

The data is either collected through the authorities’ website or by request. Data collection is conducted once a year in the beginning of financial year. In some cases, the data collection can be delayed due to funding approval.

The verification is performed after the data have been entered into the database. Since our data format is different from the raw data, mistakes sometimes happen or can be missed. The data are checked for accuracy, inconsistent, double data entry and any outliers.

Once the mistake is identified, the data will be updated as soon as possible according to the correct information and/or values.

A simple descriptive statistic is used to display the summary results for outflow volume and the average values for other parameters, such as E. coli, nitrogen, phosphorus, turbidity, and pH. Further analysis is performed for calculating the annual load of nitrogen and phosphorus and displayed on our annual ranking report in the publication page.

If you notice any error with the outfall data, please report your finding to provided contact form or [email protected]. Our team will get back to you as fast as possible.

Anyone can access the data, including the outfall GPS location, licence number and official data. To access go to Data Access page and choose specific range and location. If you cannot find the data you are looking for or have difficulties accessing the data, please use the contact form or send email to [email protected]. Our team will get back to you as fast as possible.

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