Ensuring Australia's Community Safety

Environment

Natural hazards, particularly floods, cyclones, bushfires and earthquakes, have a significant impact on the economy, environment and society. The direct costs of property and infrastructure damage and business losses are significant, as are the Government's outlays in relief and recovery payments.

Australia's ability to effectively mitigate the impacts of natural hazards and disasters is contingent upon the availability of information on the incidence and impact of specific hazards and on early warning and advice.

Our role

Support Australia's capability to manage the impact of natural hazards.

Desired outcomes

  • Australia has national capability to reduce the economic, social and environmental impacts of hazard events.
  • Informed decisions can be made in response to and in preparation for hazard events.
  • Ongoing monitoring and early warning systems provide safeguards from the impacts of hazard events.

Work Activities and Capability

Community Safety

Geoscience Australia provides essential information for the effective preparation, monitoring and response to natural hazards. To enable governments, businesses and the community to better understand the impacts of hazard events and to contribute to the development of more resilient communities, Geoscience Australia develops and delivers authoritative, nationally consistent data and information.

Geoscience Australia will undertake national scale hazard assessments; develop an understanding of the impact of natural hazards on the built environment and provide advice and information to support impact mitigations; and, support the Australian Government in delivering their international policy commitments for disaster risk reduction.

Seismic Alerts

Geoscience Australia operates extensive networks of observatories and geophysical monitoring stations that are monitored 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. This provides real-time information for the rapid notification of earthquake, tsunami and suspected nuclear events of national and international significance.

Geoscience Australia provides rapid notifications for significant earthquakes. Information and advice is provided for national and local emergency management planning, coordination and response, and to inform the media and the public. Over the reporting period work will focus on improving technical capability and decision support systems, and the production of the Australian earthquake catalogue.

Geoscience Australia will continue to monitor and provide rapid advice and post-event analysis to the Australian Government to identify acts in breach of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty. Geoscience Australia's operational capability will be enhanced with the adoption of new science and technology and improvements to system reliability.

Situational Awareness Information Framework

Natural hazards can have a significant impact on Australian communities, and often requires a whole of government approach to preparedness, mitigation, response and recovery. Geoscience Australia provides relevant location information on the nature, extent and potential impacts of disasters to the Australian Government. This 'situational awareness' information is used by our stakeholders to minimise the threat of hazards on our infrastructure and community, provide effective response to and recovery from disasters, and make navigation safe.

Geoscience Australia leads the curation of and connection to location information products which support Australian Government community safety policies and operations. These products are derived from Australia's foundation spatial datasets and include the National Exposure Information System, location information products for Airservices Australia and the Department of Defence, and the Sentinel bushfire alert system.

Performance Criteria

Geoscience Australia's work program is delivered through six key strategic priority areas. Performance will be assessed using a number of qualitative and quantitative measures to communicate a comprehensive view of performance that will be presented in the organisation's annual performance statement. Performance measures will include assessment against key work deliverables and performance indicators.


Programme Deliverables

2017-2018

2018-2019

2019-2020

2020-2021

Community Safety

  • Provide information and advice to the Australian Government and other stakeholders concerning natural hazards
  • Develop information and tools on natural hazard impacts on the built environment through the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC agency
  • Deliver work in support of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade's international Disaster Risk Reduction strategies and policies

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seismic Alerts

  • Provide ongoing nuclear monitoring for detection of suspected nuclear tests
  • Provide 24 hour, 7 days per week earthquake monitoring and alerts
  • Deliver system improvements to the earthquake detection and nuclear monitoring systems

 

 

 

 

 

Situational Awareness Information Framework

  • Provide advice and spatial capability to support the Australian Government's response to national disasters
  • Deliver updated information products to Airservices Australia to support air safety
  • Develop and deliver updated information using the National Exposure Information System to support Australian Government programs

 

 

 

 

Key  Performance Indicators

2017-2018

2018-2019

2019-2020

2020-2021

Stakeholder satisfaction with Geoscience Australia's community safety products and services (biennial stakeholder survey)

N/A

80%

N/A

80%

Number of flood study entries accessible to the public through the Australian Flood Risk Information Portal

1200

1500

1800

2000

All significant earthquakes detected, analysed and  reported within agreed timeframes, with alerts issued for potentially tsunamigenic earthquakes

100%

100%

100%

100%

Nuclear events detected, analysed and reported within agreed timeframes

100%

100%

100%

100%

Availability of the national bushfire monitoring system, Sentinel, between October and March each year

95%

95%

95%

95%

Respond to requests to activate the International Charter for Space and Major Disasters within 24 hours

90%

90%

90%

90%

Respond to requests for geospatial information to the Australian Government Crisis Coordination Centre within 2 hours between October and March and within 24 hours during steady state periods

90%

90%

90%

90%

National vertical obstacle products comply with Civil Aviation Regulations and are delivered monthly, or as specified, to Airservices Australia

100%

100%

100%

100%