Maintaining Geoscience Knowledge and Capability

Environment

Properly collected and archived data has an enduring value. It is essential this data is collected through appropriate means and is available in a format that is understandable and accessible.

This data is acquired from a range of platforms including satellites, observatories and laboratory instruments. Data from individual observatories or individual samples can be integrated to build models of our continent, Antarctica, island territories and surrounding oceans.

Purpose

Maintain an enduring and accessible knowledge base and capability to enable evidence-based policy and decision making by government, industry and the community.

Our role

Ensure geoscientific and geospatial data, information and collections are gathered, managed and made accessible for the use of all Australians both now and into the future.

Our strategies

  • Operate and maintain infrastructure for geoscientific observations and analysis to support programme objectives.
  • Ensure geoscientific and geospatial data, information and collections are captured, curated and made accessible to the community for use now and into the future.
  • Promote, educate and build public awareness of geoscience and its benefits.
  • Provide a functional national repository of offshore petroleum data and samples.

Desired outcomes

  • Australia's geoscience data, information and collections are managed and maintained.
  • Australia's geoscience data, information and collections are discoverable and accessible as a public resource for informed decision making.
  • Australia has as an established infrastructure to ensure the ongoing collections of fundamental geoscience data.

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

Observatories

  • Geomagnetic data acquisition and delivery


  • Hydro-acoustic data acquisition and delivery


  • Infrasound data acquisition and delivery


  • Satellite remote sensing data acquisition and delivery


  • Fulfil Geoscience Australia's obligations under its agreement with the United States Geological Survey for the Landsat Ground Station Network at the Alice Springs antenna

 

 

 

 

Science Support

  • Deliver fit-for-purpose analytical data
  • Provide fit-for-purpose support to science work programmes

 

 

 

 

Petroleum Data Repository

  • Maintenance of an efficient and sustainable collaborative framework for the management of offshore petroleum data and samples in conjunction with the National Offshore Petroleum Titles Administrator and the Geological Survey of Western Australia.
  • Operate a web-based platform for the discovery and delivery of offshore petroleum data and samples

 

 

 

 


Key Performance Indicators

2016-2017

2017-2018

2018-2019

2019-2020

Stakeholder satisfaction with Geoscience Australia's geographic knowledge and capability

80%

80%

80%

80%

Scheduled satellite passes acquired

98%

98%

98%

98%

Data availability from infrasound and hydro-acoustic networks

98%

98%

98%

98%

Data availability from geodetic observatory networks

95%

95%

95%

95%

Data availability from the Australian Seismic Network

90%

90%

90%

90%

Geomagnetism data collected and added to archive

98%

98%

98%

98%

Uptime of Geoscience Australia┬┐s Landsat collection

75%

80%

90%

95%

Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2006 (OPGGSA) data and sample submissions are processed within 5-10 working days

100%

100%

100%

100%

Stakeholder satisfaction with the National Offshore Petroleum Information Management System (NOPIMS) data provision and delivery

75%

75%

75%

75%