Ensuring Australia's Community Safety

Environment

Natural hazards, particularly floods, cyclones, bushfires and earthquakes, have a significant impact on the economy, the 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.

Purpose

Australian communities are more resilient to natural hazards.

Our role

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

Our strategies

  • Develop an understanding of natural hazards and community exposure to support risk mitigation and community resilience.
  • Provide authoritative, independent information and advice to the Australian Government and other stakeholders to support risk mitigation and community resilience.
  • Maintain and improve systems for effective natural disaster preparedness, response and recovery.
  • Contribute to Australia's overseas development programme.

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.

Performance Information

Geoscience Australia's 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 deliverables and performance indicators, as well as incorporating results from science evaluations and stakeholder surveys.

  • Science evaluations are undertaken by a panel of independent experts who assess key elements of Geoscience Australia's work programme against the performance criteria of the organisation's scientific principles.
  • Geoscience Australia undertakes a biennial stakeholder survey to assess stakeholder satisfaction levels against key criteria relating to the organisation┬┐s products and services.

Programme Deliverables

2016-2017

2017-2018

2018-2019

2019-2020

Community Safety

  • Deliver an updated National Seismic Hazard Assessment map
  • Deliver updated simulation of the National Probabilistic Tsunami Hazard assessment of Australia
  • Deliver single point of access to flood risk studies through the Australian flood risk information portal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seismology

  • Provide ongoing Nuclear  monitoring for detection of suspected nuclear tests
  • Provide 24 hour, 7 days per week earthquake monitoring and alert

 

 

 

 

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 programmes

 

 

 

 

Key  Performance Indicators

2016-2017

2017-2018

2018-2019

2019-2020

Stakeholder satisfaction with Geoscience Australia's community  safety products and services

80%

80%

80%

80%

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

90%

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 and the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF)

100%

100%

100%

100%

Earthquake alerts issued within agreed timeframes

100%

100%

100%

100%

Nuclear events detected within agreed timeframes

100%

100%

100%

100%