Deep-dive projects Officer–Musgrave–Birrindudu

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The Officer–Musgrave–Birrindudu project is investigating the energy and groundwater potential of the Officer Basin, the adjoining Musgrave Province and nearby Birrindudu Basin.

In alignment with the Exploring for the Future vision, the Officer-Musgrave-Birrindudu project is developing an integrated geoscientific understanding of the resource potential of this frontier region. Project activities and outputs will support regional communities, providing an evidence-base for future resource use, encouraging investment and job creation, and leading to improved economic, social and cultural outcomes. This project is also developing, refining and implementing novel scientific workflows and methods that can be applied in other frontier regions across Australia. 

Groundwater investigations focus on the Musgrave Province, Officer Basin and far eastern Canning Basin to identify potential palaeovalley groundwater resources, vital to responsible future development and supporting local communities. 

The energy component of this project includes the acquisition of key new precompetitive data in the Officer and Birrindudu basins, and re-analysis of existing datasets covering the Officer Basin. This work will improve understanding of regional resource potential, to stimulate industry exploration investment in the medium-term, ultimately leading to new discoveries and economic benefits for the region.  

Key activities include hydrogeological, geological, and geophysical data acquisition, to develop basin and palaeovalley system understanding and resource potential assessments.

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The Officer–Musgrave–Birrindudu project area  

What we are doing

The project incorporates a number of study areas and proposed activities, including:


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Important community information

Geoscience Australia is committed to land, air and marine access best practice and to protecting cultural heritage and the environment. 

We thank the people and communities who collaborate with us to ensure the success of the Exploring for the Future program. 

Geoscience Australia activities are not undertaken on behalf of any exploration company; we work for the benefit of all Australians.

All data produced by Geoscience Australia, including the data from this project, will be made publicly available after quality assurance has been performed. 

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Current program

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–Birrindudu 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.

Program support
Two program support projects: Enhanced Data Delivery and Geoscience Knowledge Sharing projects.