Our Corporate Plan

Corporate Plan 2016 - 2020

Introduction

Chief Executive Officer's foreword

Geoscience Australia is Australia's pre-eminent public sector geoscience organisation and the nation's trusted advisor on the geology  and geography of Australia.

Geoscience Australia applies science and technology to describe and understand the Earth for the benefit of Australia.

It also applies its diverse professional expertise, deep and trusted knowledge, national-scale Earth observation infrastructure and strong partnerships to the opportunities and challenges that face the nation.

Statement of preparation

As the accountable authority of Geoscience Australia, I am pleased to present Geoscience Australia's 2016-17 Corporate Plan covering the four year period to 2020, as required under paragraph 35(1)(b) of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013.

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Dr Chris Pigram
Chief Executive Officer

Purpose

Geoscience Australia's purpose aligns to six key strategic priority areas:

In achieving its purpose, Geoscience Australia provides applied research and information. It delivers a wide range of products to assist government and the community to make informed decisions about the use of natural resources, the management of the environment, and community safety.

Science principles

Delivery of Geoscience Australia's work programme is underpinned by a set of science principles that guide and describe how the organisation conducts its science. Adhering to these principles ensures that the products and services of Geoscience Australia are evidence-based, testable and transparent, peer reviewed, communicated effectively, and benchmarked and monitored to deliver sustainable capability.

Geoscience Australia's science principles are available on the organisation's website.

Values

The culture of Geoscience Australia and the delivery of its work programme is founded on the organisation's core values:

  • Impartial: Provide impartial evidence-based advice and information that is relevant and timely and based on the best available science.
  • Committed to service: Be innovative, behave professionally, operate efficiently and work collaboratively to achieve excellence.
  • Accountable: Take ownership of work and personal actions, and be transparent and accountable.
  • Respectful: Value everyone by showing respect, support, encouragement and inclusiveness.
  • Ethical: Demonstrate  leadership, acting with integrity, trust and ethical intent.

Financial Management

Geoscience Australia's work plan and budget for the period 2016-20 was developed based on the six strategic priority areas and the delivery of a work programme to meet their purpose.

Geoscience Australia is committed to meeting whole-of-government priorities and ensuring the provision of services is as efficient and well-targeted as possible. In this context, Geoscience Australia is improving operational efficiencies, reducing administrative overheads and delivering services within a governance framework that demonstrates the benefits and value of the organisation's work.

GEOSCIENCE AUSTRALIA: Comprehensive income statement
(source: Portfolio Budget Statements 2016-17)

 

2016-17
Budget
$'000

2017-18 Forward estimate
$'000

2018-19 Forward estimate
$'000

2019-20
Forward estimate
$'000

EXPENSES        

Employee benefits

 

74,392

75,861

77,040

78,533

Suppliers

 

111,908

108,159

117,714

110,680

Depreciation and amortisation

 

98,136

7,496

7,528

7,410

Other expenses

 

50

50

50

50

Total expenses

 

194,486

191,563

202,332

196,673

OWN-SOURCE INCOME

Sale of goods and rendering of services

 

41,890

39,900

39,900

39,900

Other

 

92

95

97

99

Total own-source revenue

 

41,982

39,995

39,997

39,999

Net cost of/(contribution by) services

 

(152,504)

(151,568)

(162,335)

(156,674)

Revenue from Government (Appropriation*)

 

139,668

140,048

151,473

146,644

Total comprehensive income/(loss)

 

(12,836)

(11,520)

(10,862)

(10,030)

This loss is approved and relates to the straight-lining of the operating lease at the Geoscience Australia building in Symonston, ACT in accordance with the Australian Accounting Standards.
*Appropriation includes new budget measure currently before Parliament.

Geoscience Australia's capital budget was developed to support the delivery of the work programme and to replace aging corporate and scientific equipment.

GEOSCIENCE AUSTRALIA: Capital Budget Statement
(source: Portfolio Budget Statements 2016-17)

 

2016-17
Budget
$'000

2017-18 Forward estimate
$'000

2018-19 Forward estimate
$'000

2019-20
Forward estimate
$'000

NEW CAPITAL APPROPRIATIONS

 

Capital budget - Bill 1 (DCB)

 

4,539

4,757

4,803

4,845

Equity injections - Bill 2

 

3,700

-

-

-

Total new capital appropriations

 

8,239

4,757

4,803

4,845

Provided for:

 

Purchase of non-financial assets

 

8,239

4,757

4,803

4,845

Total Items

 

8,239

4,757

4,803

4,845

PURCHASE OF NON-FINANCIAL ASSETS

 

Funded by capital appropriations (a)

 

3,700

-

-

-

Funded by capital appropriation - DCB (b)

 

4,539

4,757

4,803

4,845

Funded internally from departmental resources (c)

 

6,710

6,461

2,420

-

TOTAL

 

14,949

11,218

7,223

4,845

(a) Includes both current Bill 2 and prior Acts 2, 4 and 6 appropriations and special capital appropriations.

(b) Does not include annual finance lease costs. Includes purchases from current and previous years' Departmental Capital Budgets (DCBs).

(c) Includes the following sources of funding:
  - current Bill 1 and prior year Acts 1, 3 and 5 appropriations (excluding amounts from the DCB);
- donations and contributions;
- gifts;
- internally developed assets;
- s 74 Retained revenue receipts;
- proceeds from the sale of assets.

 

Capability

Geoscience Australia cooperates with governments, industry, publically funded research agencies and academia to provide specialist expertise and information to support the delivery of Australian Government services.

Cooperation with state, territory and Commonwealth government entities is largely facilitated through the use of the Australian Government's National Collaboration Framework. Geoscience Australia partners with other government entities in delivering services on a cost recovery basis. Geoscience Australia's decision to partner and co-invest with other government entities is based on delivering mutually beneficial outcomes directly aligned to the organisation's strategic priorities. Services not aligned to Geoscience Australia's strategic priorities may be provided on a full cost recovery basis.

Geoscience Australia's Information Communications Technology vision is to bring together the best of ICT and the best of geoscience and geospatial developments that will deliver optimal outcomes. This vision extends beyond the boundaries of Geoscience Australia to emerging national research and cloud infrastructures that include data, compute, storage, software, networks and people.

View Geoscience Australia's full ICT strategy.

Geoscience Australia's workforce delivers a range of capabilities across science, professional, ICT and administrative disciplines. The integration of workforce planning with strategic planning supports the delivery of outcomes in priority areas

The management of risk within the organisation is in accordance with the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 and the Commonwealth Risk Management Policy and is consistent with AS/NZS ISO 31000:2009 Risk management - Principles and guidelines.

The effective application of risk management improves decision making and facilitates better outcomes for the Australian Government.