Geoscience Australia provides professional hydrogeological advice and information to the Commonwealth, covering a range of groundwater resource issues to inform the responsible use of one of the nation's most important hidden natural resources.
The Groundwater Advice Section provides independent scientific advice to decision makers to support groundwater policy development. The section also provides input to water management agencies on issues such as water management planning in the Murray Darling Basin that have the potential to impact on the quality and quantity of groundwater resources. Much of the work is undertaken to better understand the potential impacts to groundwater from developing Australia's wealth of energy resources. This work includes evaluating the methods used to assess, monitor, mitigate and manage these impacts.
Advice provided on groundwater related issues includes:
- advice requested by the Department of Industry and the Department of the Environment to assist in:
- the investigation of the impacts of specific projects on groundwater-dependant Matters of National Environmental Significance (MNES) as defined under the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (the EPBC Act)
- groundwater considerations for uranium mining
- advice and comment to the drafting and creation of national guidelines and legislation such as the National Water Quality Management Strategy .
Informed decision making on groundwater resource management environmental protection through access to geoscientific and spatial information.