The Australian Government Department of the Environment and Energy, the Bureau of Meteorology, CSIRO and Geoscience Australia are working together to deliver bioregional assessments.
The collaboration brings together independent scientific experts in the fields of ecology, hydrology, hydrogeology, geology, informatics and risk analysis. More than 100 scientists are contributing to the assessments.
State governments are also contributing their expertise to the assessments, and will deliver specific components or do further research to support bioregional assessments. Other expertise within academia, natural resource management groups, catchment management authorities and local government is also being used.
Australian Government Department of the Environment and Energy
The Department of the Environment and Energy designs and implements the Australian Government’s policies and programmes, and administers national laws, to protect and conserve the environment and heritage, promote action on climate change, advance Australia's interests in the Antarctic, and improve our water use efficiency and the health of Australia's river systems. The Department is funding the Bioregional Assessment Programme.
Within the Department, the Office of Water Science is leading the Australian Government's efforts to improve understanding of the water-related impacts of coal seam gas and large coal mining development, ensuring the best available science is available to inform regulatory decision-making on coal seam gas and large coal mining developments that are likely to have a significant impact on water resources. The Department is working with partner agencies to communicate the results of the assessments.
The Department also provides secretariat and technical support to the Independent Expert Scientific Committee on Coal Seam Gas and Large Coal Mining Development in their role providing advice on development proposals to Australian governments.
The Bureau of Meteorology
The Bureau of Meteorology is Australia’s national weather, climate and water agency. The Bureau contributes to national social, economic, cultural and environmental goals by providing observational, meteorological, hydrological and oceanographic services, and by undertaking research into scientific and environmental issues in support of its operations and services.
The Bureau manages and coordinates the technical part of the Bioregional Assessment Programme, bringing its experience in building and maintaining environmental information systems, and sourcing and storing environmental information such as data, models and reports.
CSIRO, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, is Australia’s national science agency and one of the largest and most diverse research agencies in the world. The agency’s research is focused on building prosperity, growth, health and sustainability for Australia and the world. CSIRO delivers solutions for agribusiness, energy and transport, environment and natural resources, health, information technology, telecommunications, manufacturing and mineral resources. CSIRO innovations contribute billions of dollars to the Australian economy every year. As the largest patent holder in the nation, CSIRO has a vast wealth of intellectual property that has led to more than 150 spin-off companies. With more than 5,000 experts and a burning desire to get things done, CSIRO is Australia’s catalyst for innovation.
CSIRO's core expertise in geology, hydrogeology, hydrology, ecology, risk analysis and informatics contributes to the high quality of bioregional assessments.
Geoscience Australia is Australia’s national geoscience agency and provides geoscientific advice and information to the Australian Government to support the delivery of national priorities.
With a multidisciplinary geoscientific skills base, Geoscience Australia contributes high-quality expertise and experience in characterising hydrogeology and geology to the bioregional assessments.