Geoscience Australia's National Geographic Information Group combines its capabilities in geographic information and knowledge management, data acquisition and stewardship and stakeholder and industry relationships to form an integrated capability which has the capacity to adapt to current and emerging government priorities.
This is delivered in the form of scalable fundamental theme-based spatial data sets, web delivery services, and geospatial analytics for government departments, emergency managers, defence and the public. Geoscience Australia is owner of the renowned spatial product brands, NATMAP and GEODATA.
We also play a lead role in coordinating national topographic and thematic mapping activities and standards, through participation in the Intergovernmental Committee for Surveying and Mapping (ICSM) and other priority national coordination initiatives including the Office of Spatial Data Management (OSDM), National Spatial and Information Management (NSIM working group), and the Australia New Zealand Land Information Council (ANZLIC).
- Providing national scale topographic mapping data products, advice and information to a diverse range of clients
- Maintaining and enhancing an extensive data collection of topographic information
- Developing new spatial products in collaboration with commonwealth and state agencies, as well as other key partners
- Representing the Australian Government in the spatial arena
- Developing new channels for the distribution of topographic information to the community, including online and new media solutions
- Providing mapping expertise, data and products for the Australian Defence Imagery and Geospatial Organisation (DIGO).
Capabilities in action
Examples of how we have delivered these capabilities include:
- development of specific maps (e.g. Karijini National Park, ACT Region, West MacDonnell Ranges, Carnarvon National Park) to meet the needs of emergency managers and tourism agencies
- introduction of MapConnect, an award winning online map service
- updating and delivery of maps and data to the Department of Defence. Geoscience Australia has been successfully undertaking this role in support of Australia's security for many years.