Maintaining Geoscience Knowledge and Capability

Environment

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

These data are 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.

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.

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 collection of fundamental geoscience data.

Work Activities and Capability

Geoscience Promotion, Education and Awareness

Greater understanding of geoscience and its application to issues of national importance builds capacity for geoscience to underpin evidence-based policies and decision-making. Geoscience Australia undertakes a range of activities to educate, promote and improve awareness of geoscience and its benefits. This includes the development of teaching resources and delivery of educational activities, a library that provides services to industry, universities, research centres and the public, and hosting an annual open day to promote and support National Science Week.

Geoscience Australia is also a leader in the use of innovative technologies to share geoscience information, including multimedia and interactive 3D viewing technologies.

Observatories

Geoscience Australia maintains and operates networks of observatories to acquire and deliver data about the Earth. The information is used to monitor for natural hazards including earthquakes, tsunami and bushfires, and provides essential information about global positioning and navigation systems. It closely aligns to Geoscience Australia's work on community safety and seismic alerts.

Petroleum Data Repository

It is a requirement under the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2006 that petroleum exploration ;and production companies submit offshore data and petroleum samples to the Australian Government. The enduring value of this petroleum data and sample collection is essential to Australia's exploration industry and supports Australia's future prosperity.

Geoscience Australia is responsible for the stewardship and management of the data and samples and has developed the National Offshore Petroleum Information Management System as an online data discovery and delivery system for all Australian offshore wells and seismic surveys.

Science Support

Geoscience Australia's Science Support activities provide the analytical, technical, engineering and logistical services that underpin the organisation's science and overall work program.

Science Support work will provide geophysical and geochemical datasets demonstrating hydrocarbon prospectivity in offshore acreage release areas; geochemistry and geochronology (rock ages) supporting baseline geological mapping by state and territory geological surveys; and sonar mapping and analysis and geochemistry of sea-floor samples from around Australia and Antarctica that enable broad mapping of seafloor ecosystems and the identification of vulnerable areas.

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

Geoscience Promotion, Education and Awareness

  • Undertake activities to promote, educate and create awareness of geoscience and its benefits

 

 

 

 

Observatories

  • Operate and maintain Geoscience Australia’s observatory networks and ground stations
  • Deliver upgrades to the observatory networks and ground stations infrastructure

 

 

 

 

 

Petroleum Data Repository

  • Operate the National Offshore Petroleum Information Management System for the discovery and delivery of petroleum data and samples
  • Implementation of the physical asset management system into the National Offshore Petroleum Information Management System

 

 

 

 

Science Support

  • Deliver analytical data to support Geoscience Australia’s science activities
  • Deliver effective and safe support for field logistics, equipment, and data acquisition

 

 

 

 


Key Performance Indicators

2017-2018

2018-2019

2019-2020

2020-2021

Data availability from the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty networks

98%

98%

98%

98%

Data availability from the seismic networks

90%

90%

90%

90%

Data availability from the geomagnetic networks

98%

98%

98%

98%

Alice Springs Observatory scheduled satellite passes acquired

98%

98%

98%

98%

Repository Client Services requests are responded to within 7 business days

90%

90%

90%

90%

New Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act submissions are catalogued within five working days

90%

90%

90%

90%