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 jurisdiction relies on baseline mapping, definition of boundaries and characterisation of marine resources and assets, and the ability to measure change over time.

Purpose

Maximise benefits from the sustainable use of Australia's marine jurisdiction.

Our role

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

Our strategies

  • Define and maintain an authoritative representation of Australia's maritime boundaries.
  • Build knowledge to inform the sustainable development of marine resources and management of marine ecosystems.
  • Provide authoritative, independent information and advice to the Australian Government and other stakeholders on marine environmental assets and Australian Antarctic Territory.

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.

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

Marine Jurisdiction and Coastal Zone

  • Provide advice and information to support policy and    operations in Australia's marine jurisdiction under the Seas and Submerged Lands Act 1973, the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage (Environmental) Regulations 2009 and the Antarctic Treaty (Environment Protection) Act 1980
  • Deliver information to support the Australian Transport Safety Bureau's search for missing airlines flight MH370
  • Deliver new seabed data and information products in collaboration with partners of the Australian Government's National Environmental Science Programme - Marine Biodiversity Hub.
  • Establish a collaborative national programme on bathymetry data acquisition and management with key Commonwealth and state government agencies.
  • 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 Australian Antarctic Division and Royal Australian Navy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Key Performance Indicators

2016-2017

2017-2018

2018-2019

2019-2020

Stakeholder satisfaction with Geoscience Australia's marine jurisdictions products and services

80%

80%

80%

80%

Authoritative representations of Australia's maritime boundaries are accessible via the interactive mapping platform

90%

90%

90%

90%

Availability of new marine and coastal bathymetry data via Geoscience Australia's website within six months of being compliant with data    standards.

100%

100%

100%

100%