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Geoscience Australia Overview

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Role and functions

Geoscience Australia is the national geoscience public sector organisation. Our purpose is to be the trusted source of information on Australia’s geology and geography for government, industry and community decision making, contributing to a safer, more prosperous and well-informed Australia.

Our work aligns with the Australian Government’s Science and Research Priorities and supports global and domestic initiatives. We deliver our work through six key strategic priorities:

  • Building Australia’s resource wealth, maximising the benefits from Australia’s mineral and energy resources, now and into the future
  • Supporting Australia’s community safety, strengthening the nation’s resilience to the impact of hazards
  • Securing, optimising and sustaining the use of Australia’s water resources
  • Managing Australia’s marine jurisdictions, supporting sustainable use of our marine environment
  • Creating a location-enabled Australia, using detailed and fundamental geographic location information to develop our nation
  • Enabling an informed Australia, by equipping government, industry and the community with the geoscience data and information needed to make informed decisions for our nation.