In preparation for a report card, data needs be collated and validated, and undergoes comprehensive analysis before it is ready to be released in the report card. This takes six to nine months, depending on the data set. Time is also needed to review the processes for collecting data, along with the data itself. This process is undertaken by both the Technical Working Group, and the Reef Independent Science Panel.
The Partnership is committed to reducing the time between data collection and report card release, to improve the timeliness and relevance of the report card. Our 2018 report card (released in 2019) has an improved release timeframe, cutting 4 months off the report card process, and is expected to be released in June 2019.