National projects Australia’s Resources Framework
This project is laying the foundations for a national view of Australia’s surface and sub-surface geology, underpinning our understanding of the continent’s mineral, energy and groundwater potential.
Through new, large-scale data acquisition, advances in big data analytics and tailored resource assessments, the outputs of this project support the resource sector, agriculture, remote communities and the environment, and contribute to community safety.
Key data acquisition activities include continued development of fundamental national datasets, such as , , , geochemistry, mineralogy, geochronology and the Isotopic Atlas. Targeted data acquisition programs include deposit geochronology and geochemical analysis of mine waste for critical minerals.
Analysis of new and legacy datasets is feeding into interpretative products, such as seamless multi-layered sub-surface geology models, including variations in geochemical and geophysical properties, from the top few centimetres to hundreds of kilometres below the Earth’s surface. This evolving geological framework will shed new light on processes that control mineral, energy and groundwater distribution and thereby resource potential across Australia.
What we are doing
The Australia’s Resources Framework project incorporates a number of study areas and proposed activities grouped into 3 categories, including:
Integrated Geological Products
Collaboration building Geoscience Australia’s Isotopic Atlas of Australia
Ongoing collaboration between Geoscience Australia and a wide range of agencies and institutions is building a nationally valuable database of geochronology and isotopes.
Sentinel-2 reveals the barest Earth
Researchers from Geoscience Australia and the Australian National University have recently released a new national Barest Earth product that uses the Digital Earth Australia satellite archive.
Geoscience Knowledge Sharing
Important community information
All data produced by Geoscience Australia, including the data from this project, will be made publicly available. We will work with communities to return the data in a useful format, through the Geoscience Knowledge Sharing project.
Acquisition activities are not being undertaken on behalf of any exploration companies. All Geoscience Australia staff and contractors will comply with Geoscience Australia’s COVID-19 protocols, available upon request.
The current Exploring for the Future program (2020–24) focuses on 8 interrelated projects, united in growing our understanding of Australia's geology.
Three deep-dive projects in potentially resource-rich corridors identified in the east and west of Australia: Darling–Curnamona–Delamerian, Officer–Musgrave and Barkly–Isa–Georgetown projects.
Three national projects with a focus on southern Australia: Australia’s Resources Framework, National Groundwater Systems and Australia’s Future Energy Resources projects.
Two program support projects: Enhanced Data Delivery and Geoscience Knowledge Sharing projects.