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 Australian Government policy and programs to protect and conserve the environment, water and heritage, promote climate action, and provide adequate, reliable and affordable energy. The Department is funding the Bioregional Assessment Program.
The Department is leading the Australian Government's efforts to improve understanding of the potential impacts of coal seam gas, shale gas, tight gas and coal mining developments on water and the environment, ensuring the best science is available to inform decision making, and providing a common information base for governments, landowners, the community, business and investors.
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 Program, 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.