National Groundwater Systems

This continental-scale project is improving understanding of Australia’s groundwater resources to better support responsible groundwater management and secure groundwater resources into the future. The project is developing new national coverages to constrain groundwater systems and improve data standards and workflows of groundwater assessment.

Through a phased inventory of Australia’s groundwater systems in onshore basins, this project is standardising datasets and information including principal aquifers and key groundwater dependent assets. The project is developing a national understanding of groundwater systems that integrates available geoscience data and emerging technologies to better characterise potential sources of groundwater supply across vast areas of arid Australia.

Web-based delivery, visualisation and analysis of hydrogeological information will complement the work of groundwater authorities and improve accessibility of groundwater science and data for both communities and decision-makers.