Exploration Investment and Geoscience Working Group (EIGWG)

The Exploration Investment and Geoscience Working Group (EIGWG) is a subcommittee of the Standing Council on Energy and Resources (SCER) Link to external site - opens in new window. Their agreed annual work program is endorsed by the Standing Committee of Officials (SCO) to MCMPR, and includes collaborative geoscience data acquisition programs, promotion and marketing plans, geoscience research programs, trialling of new exploration technologies, and standards for management and delivery of geoscience information.

The Exploration Investment and Geoscience Working Group comprises the Directors/Executive Directors of the State and Territory Geological Surveys and the Chiefs of Minerals and Natural Hazards and Energy Divisions, Geoscience Australia, as well as the Chief Executive Officer of Geoscience Australia.

Government Geoscience Information Committee (GGIC)

The Government Geoscience Information Committee (GGIC), established in 1998, has an operating mandate from the Exploration Investment and Geoscience Working Group (EIGWG) with all activities conducted on behalf of and with approval from EIGWG. The GGIC provides and promotes a coherent national strategic direction for the management and delivery of geoscience information. The committee’s objectives include:

  • Advise the EIGWG on strategic and technical direction for the management and delivery of geoscience information
  • Ensure effective and uniform delivery of geoscience information
  • Define and influence national and international standards/guidelines
  • Ensure consistent capture and submission of geoscience information
  • Collaborate with relevant national and international organisations.

The GGIC meets twice yearly, rotating the chair between the Commonwealth/State/Territory jurisdictions annually in line with the EIGWG chair, so that the same organisation hosts both EIGWG and GGIC for a year. GGIC comprises representatives from State, Territory and Australian government geoscience agencies and New Zealand. Committee members have varying backgrounds including information management, information technology, geology, geophysics and cartography.

Current GGIC member contact details [PDF 53KB] [RTF 226KB]

The annual GGIC work program focuses on:

  • the development and implementation of national geoscience related information standards and data models
  • data access and delivery solutions and monitoring new and emerging trends in this domain
  • making recommendations to EIGWG to sponsor projects that will improve data and information exchange
  • overseeing EIGWG-approved geoscience information projects.

Annual schedule for GGIC:

  May-June   EIGWG meet and develops work program and provides to GGIC
  August   GGIC draft new annual work program based on EIGWG work program; handover of GGIC chair
 September  GGIC meet; finalise and agree on work program and share relevant information on respective agency activities
  February   GGIC meet; report on progress against work program
  April - May   EIGWG meet; GGIC chair presents annual work program report and recommendations for EIGWG consideration for future work programs