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Role and functions

Geoscience Australia is the national public sector geoscience organisation. Its mission is to be the trusted source of information on Australia’s geology and geography to inform government, industry and community decision-making. The work of Geoscience Australia covers the Australian landmass, marine jurisdiction and territories in Antarctica.

The organisation’s work aligns with the Australian Government’s Science and Research Priorities and supports global and domestic initiatives in six key areas:

  • maximising the value derived from mineral and energy resources
  • strengthening resilience to the impact of hazards
  • optimising and sustaining water use
  • supporting the sustainable use of the marine environment
  • using digital mapping for faster and smarter decision-making
  • equipping government, industry and the community with geoscience data and information to make informed decisions.

Organisational structure

Figure 1 shows the organisational structure of Geoscience Australia at 30 June 2019.

The accountable authority of Geoscience Australia is the Chief Executive Officer, Dr James Johnson, who occupied that position throughout 2018–19.

Figure 1: Geoscience Australia organisational structure, 30 June 2019

Chief Executive Officer

Dr James Johnson

Chief Scientist

Chief of Division

Chief of Division

Chief of Division

Chief Operating Officer

Chief Scientific Information

Resources Division

Positioning and Community Safety Division

Environmental Geoscience

Enabling Services

Digital Science and Information

Energy Systems

Mineral Systems

Resources Advice
and Promotion

Community Safety

National Positioning Infrastructure

Observatories and Science Support


National Earth and Marine Observations

National Location

Digital Earth Africa

Finance and Human Resources

Governance and Risk


Building Services

Business Engagement and Improvement

ICT Security

Digital Science Infrastructure and Integration

Discovery and Engagement

Scientific Computing

Digital Science Platforms

Data Policy and Informatics

Outcome and program structure

Figure 2 shows the outcome and program set out for Geoscience Australia in the 2018–19 Portfolio Budget Statements.

Program 1 contributes to the outcome by providing a wide range of products and services to enable the Australian Government and the community to make informed decisions about the use of natural resources, the management of the environment, and community safety.

Figure 2: Geoscience Australia outcome and program structure, 2018–19


Informed government, industry and community decisions on the economic, social and environmental management of the nation’s natural resources through enabling access to geoscientific and spatial information


Geoscientific and spatial information services