There are well-known deficiencies in both the economic and environmental information systems. At present, the links between socioeconomic and environmental issues are poorly acknowledged, expressed and measured. It is also well known that those things that defy measurement often go unmanaged. This paper has sought to outline an important body of work the ABS seeks to undertake in collaboration with others. The ultimate result of this work will be a more informed user community, and a stronger basis for socioeconomic and environmental policy formulation in Australia.