Geoscience Australia is the national geoscience public sector organisation. Our mission is to be the trusted source of information on Australia’s geology and geography for government, industry and community decision making. We apply science and technology to describe and understand the Earth for the benefit of Australia. This will contribute to a safer, more prosperous and well-informed nation.
Our work covers the Australian landmass, Australian marine jurisdiction and responsible jurisdictions in Antarctica. We support evidence-based decisions through information, advice and services for a strong economy, resilient society and sustainable environment.
We apply geoscience to Australian Government priorities, including maintaining the resources investment pipeline, management of groundwater resources, community safety from natural hazards and natural resource management issues.
We maintain national infrastructure, datasets and physical collections that support the nation to engage with enduring strategic national issues.
Mineral Resources Tasmania (MRT) is a Division of the Department of State Growth. The purpose of MRT is to give effect to government policy in relation to minerals and petroleum resources, and the Division provides essential information for land management in Tasmania.
The focus of MRT is to produce, curate, and promote up-to-date geoscientific information on Tasmania as an aid to the mineral and petroleum exploration industries, other government agencies and the general public, in order to improve the State’s economic position, sustainable land-use planning, and environmental management.
MRT also regulates mineral and petroleum exploration in Tasmania, including offshore waters administered by the State, facilitates environmental approvals, and sets and monitors standards for the performance of exploration activities. MRT issues legal titles to mining tenements, collates and records statistics relating to mining production, manages the royalty regime, and collects fees and rentals for mining and exploration tenements.
The Mineral Exploration Cooperative Research Centre (MinEx CRC) is the world’s largest mineral exploration collaboration funded by $220M cash and in-kind funding, bringing together industry, government and research organisations.
MinEx CRC’s research will address declining exploration success in three research programmes.
Developing more productive, safer and environmentally friendly drilling methods, including coiled tubing drilling technology, to discover and drill-out deposits.
Developing new technologies for collecting data while drilling.
Delivering a National Drilling Initiative (NDI) – a world-first collaboration of Geological Surveys, researchers and industry that will undertake drilling and collect vital data in under-explored areas of potential mineral wealth in Australia.