Geoscience Australia update in response to COVID-19

26 March 2020

The Australian Government is seeking to minimise the impact of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) on the health of Australians, the health system and the economy.

Geoscience Australia is following the advice of the Government and implementing the following strategies to reduce the impact of COVID-19:

  • Restricted access to the Geoscience Australia building: while general access and public displays remain closed, the N. H. (Doc) Fisher Library is now open to visitors by appointment. Library Services continue to be available online. In Term 4, the Education Centre will open to ACT region schools with existing bookings. COVID-safe practices, including contact logging and additional cleaning, have been implemented to ensure the health of staff and visitors is protected. Virtual classroom bookings for Term 4 and new bookings for January 2021 onwards are being accepted, subject to availability and changing requirements. Classroom Resources continue to be available online to support teachers, parents and students who are unable to attend the Centre in person.
  • Significantly reducing field work: Geoscience Australia will only undertake business-critical field activities in line with the national three-step plan and with relevant state and territory guidelines ensuring the health of staff and the public is protected.
  • Significantly reducing travel: Geoscience Australia staff will only undertake business-critical domestic travel when an alternative is not feasible. This will be in line with the national three-step plan and with relevant state and territory guidelines ensuring the health of staff and the public is protected. All contractors and suppliers engaged by Geoscience Australia are requested to apply these guidelines.
  • Reducing face-to-face meetings: where possible we are conducting our public talks and seminars, and external meetings virtually.

We will revise our response plan as required and will take additional steps if advised by the Australian Government.

We acknowledge these changes may impact some of our partners and stakeholders. We are working closely with them to find alternative solutions where possible.

All of our services continue to operate and we’re committed to providing these to the public through our online resources. Please contact us if you cannot access services online.