Providing Fundamental Geographic Information

Environment

Australia has a vast and rich landscape and geographic data provides the nation with a multifaceted view of Australia's landscape through time.

Geoscience data and information is a significant national resource with enduring value for the Australian community. Understanding and analysing when and where things are happening is essential for government, industry and researchers to make decisions and improve national economic, environmental and social outcomes for the nation.

Purpose

Understanding the location and timing of processes, activities and changes across the Australian continent to inform decision-making for both natural and built environments.

Our role

Provide reliable national fundamental information about the geographies of the nation.

Our strategies

  • Build and implement Foundation Spatial Data Framework to deliver reliable representations of the geography of Australia.
  • Champion the use of location information for government and community decision making.
  • Deliver national geodetic capability.
  • Apply high performance computing to transform geoscience research and facilitate innovation.

Desired outcomes

  • Australia has an authoritative source of national fundamental geographic information including maps, data and global navigation information.
  • Australia has continuity of geospatial information to monitor changes to the natural and built environment through time.

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

Positioning

  • Deliver the new National Coordinate Datum (Geocentric Datum of Australia 2020)
  • Deliver the Dynamic National Coordinate Datum
  • Deliver components of the National Positioning Infrastructure project
  • Provide Geodetic Environmental Monitoring

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

National Location Information Framework

  • Develop new analysis and collection management tools for the Foundation Spatial Data Framework to enable Australia's Spatial Data Infrastructure.
  • Provide spatial data advice to the Australian Government's Open Data Policy
  • Develop and deliver information products using the Foundational Spatial Data Framework to support Australian Government programmes

 

 

 

 

 

 

Australian Geoscience Data Cube (AGDC)

  • Deliver improved performance and capability of the AGDC including the addition of new measurements, analysis techniques and collection management tools
  • Develop and deliver information products using the AGDC to support Australian Government programmes
  • Manage Australia's engagement with international satellite operators

 

 

 

 

Key Performance Indicators

2016-2017

2017-2018

2018-2019

2019-2020

Stakeholder satisfaction with Geoscience Australia's fundamental geographic information products and services

80%

80%

80%

80%

Data availability from geodetic observatory networks

95%

95%

95%

95%

Data availability from South Pacific Earth monitoring network

95%

95%

95%

95%

Foundation Spatial Data Framework products are accessible through the National Map and interactive mapping platforms

60%

60%

65%

70%