National Priorities

This page shows a compilation of seabed mapping priorities by Government entities as well as an agreed set of overall government priorities. Priority was given to areas where:

  • more bathymetric data are required for safe navigation
  • there is a known pressure and baseline data are required to provide information to support an environmental assessment and monitoring
  • there is resource competition, and baseline environmental data are required to support better understanding of surrounding issues
  • data are urgently required to support policy and government decisions.

Agencies then ranked their priority areas 1, 2 and 3 based on urgency of the need for the data and the impact of the data. These priority sets were compiled by Geoscience Australia and submitted to the Australian Hydrographic Office (AHO) for consideration as supplementary material for their "Hydroscheme" acquisition plan.

The Survey Coordination Tool (SCT) allows the seabed mapping community to outline areas they have prioritised for survey.

As part of the 2020/21 work plan, AusSeabed will review the prioritisation process.