Technical Advice to Government

Last updated:7 June 2023

Geoscience Australia has provided technical advice to Government on mineral and energy resources, exploration, industry developments, land use and related environmental issues since the formation of the Bureau of Mineral Resources, Geology and Geophysics in 1946.

This advice supports decision making and assists the development of policies and programs related to resources and energy, in particular by contributing to:

  • more effective use of geoscientific information in decision making, leading to improved resource management and the sustainable development of mineral resources, and,
  • enhanced global attractiveness of Australia's exploration and development investment opportunities through increased knowledge of identified mineral resources.

Publications and Resources

Geoscience Australia’s resources advice function provides, and draws on, a range of publications and digital resources. The most important are:

Whole of Government

Geoscience Australia also provides technical advice to Government for other purposes, on both a regular and ad hoc basis. Examples include:

Australian Government Representation

Geoscience Australia represents the Australian Government at a range of international and domestic forums including:

Australian Legislative Obligations

Geoscience Australia provides technical advice contributing to the administration of the following legislation and agreements: