Managing Australia's Marine Jurisdictions

Environment

Australia's marine jurisdiction is large, 1.8 times the size of Australia's land mass and 4 per cent of the global ocean. With increasing global demand for energy, food and security, activity within the marine jurisdiction is becoming increasingly important to the Australian economy. Effective and efficient management of the marine environment relies on baseline mapping, definition of boundaries and characterisation of marine resources and assets, and the ability to measure change over time.

Our role

Contribute to the sustainable development of marine resources and conservation of key ecosystems.

Desired outcomes

  • Expertise in the marine environment to support the sustainable development of resources.
  • Australia has legal and regulatory certainty of marine jurisdictions.
  • There is public confidence in the marine environmental regulations and outcomes.

Work Activities and Capability

Marine Jurisdiction and Coastal Zone

Geoscience Australia undertakes sea floor mapping and acquires geological and environmental data to help identify potential oil and gas resources, inform marine planning and the sustainable management of the marine environment, and identify patterns of biodiversity to support conservation.

Geoscience Australia's work will continue to focus on the development and delivery of defined national marine data products including national bathymetric grids. Geoscience Australia will provide national leadership and build capacity through partnering with Australian Government and marine entities to advance a more effective, integrated and efficient approach.

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

Marine Jurisdiction and Coastal Zone

  • Lead a collaborative national programme on bathymetry data acquisition and management with key Commonwealth and state government entities
  • Provide information and advice to support policy and operations in Australia’s marine jurisdiction under the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage (Environment) Regulations 2009, the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, and the Antarctic Treaty (Environment Protection) Act 1980
  • Undertake collaborative projects with partners of the Australian Government’s National Environmental Science Programme, Marine Biodiversity Hub, to support management of the Commonwealth marine area
  • Implement a shallow-water seafloor mapping programme in high-use near-shore regions adjacent to the three Australian Antarctic research stations, Casey, Davis and Mawson, in collaboration with the Australian Antarctic Division and Royal Australian Navy

 

 

 

 

Key Performance Indicators

2017-2018

2018-2019

2019-2020

2020-2021

Stakeholder satisfaction with Geoscience Australia's marine jurisdiction products and services (biennial stakeholder survey)

N/A

80%

N/A

80%