Providing Fundamental Geographic Information

Environment

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

Geoscience data and information are 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.

Our role

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

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.

Work Activities and Capability

Digital Earth Australia

Digital Earth Australia (DEA) is an analysis platform for satellite imagery and other Earth observations. It uses open source standards and is designed as an enabling infrastructure for data-intensive science and spatial information products to help both government and private industry make informed decisions. DEA builds on the globally recognised Australian Geoscience Data Cube which was developed as a partnership between Geoscience Australia, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation and Australia's National Computational Infrastructure.

DEA has the capacity to unlock vast amounts of data enabling the application of time series analysis and the rapid development of quantitative information products.

DEA will benefit government entities that need accurate and timely spatial information that can be readily used as an evidence-base for the design, implementation, and evaluation of policies, programs and ;regulations. Whilst DEA is at a stage of relative infancy, Geoscience Australia will progress the availability of analysis-ready data collections and improve performance and capability through the development of new analytical techniques and collection management tools.

National Location Information Framework

Australia's set of foundation spatial datasets underpin a diverse range of public safety, service delivery, policy making, law enforcement, environmental protection and economic investment decisions. Across all these sectors, informed decision making by government, business and the community depends upon access to accurate, reliable and relevant location information, that is easily accessible and able to link to other data.

Geoscience Australia, in collaboration with other government entities and the private sector, will operate components of the Australian Spatial Data Infrastructure and lead the curation of and connection of users to Australia's national foundation spatial datasets, including datasets related to Australia's maritime and other administrative boundaries, place names, and topography.

Positioning

A National Positioning Infrastructure Capability will provide open access to reliable satellite positioning with centimetre accuracy across Australia, ensuring a modern, fit-for-purpose and internationally compatible sovereign positioning capability.

Geoscience Australia is custodian of Australia's national coordinate reference system and will work to enhance national positioning capability with improved accuracy, reliability and accessibility. This includes a trial of Satellite-Based Augmentation System. Together with partners CRC for Spatial Information and Land Information New Zealand, this technology will improve the accuracy of positioning from 5 metres to 10 centimetres across the country, enabling new advancements across the transport, agriculture, construction and mining industries.

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

Digital Earth Australia

  • Progress the availability of Digital Earth Australia analysis-ready collections with the addition of data from a range of satellites sensors and other sources of Earth observations
  • Develop and deliver information to support Australian Government programmes and business innovation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

National Location Information Framework

  • Maintain Australian Spatial Data Infrastructure collection management, governance, discovery and delivery systems
  • Provide advice to develop and operate the Australian Spatial Data Infrastructure in line with the Australian Government’s Spatial Data and Open Data Policy functions
  • Develop and deliver information products identified in the Foundation Spatial Data Framework to support Australian Government onshore and offshore programmes

 

 

 

 

Positioning

  • Deliver components of the National Positioning Infrastructure project
  • Complete trial of Satellite-Based Augmentation System

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Key Performance Indicators

2017-2018

2018-2019

2019-2020

2020-2021

Stakeholder satisfaction with Geoscience Australia's foundation spatial data products and services (biennial stakeholder survey)

N/A

80%

N/A

80%

Geoscience Australia’s foundation spatial data products, including authoritative representations of Australia’s maritime boundaries and topography, are updated and/or accessible through interactive mapping platforms

70%

75%

80%

80%

Data availability from geodetic observatory networks

95%

95%

95%

95%

Data availability from South Pacific Earth monitoring network

90%

90%

90%

90%