Why AuScope was established

AuScope was built on the principle that simply acquiring the infrastructure and making it accessible to meritorious researchers was only part of the solution. The paradigm shift needed would come from harnessing, organising and providing ready access to the data, information and knowledge that result from use of the infrastructure. In turn, making the new data, information and knowledge available outside the research community will result in new and improved science, business, educational and policy applications.

Six components were identified that covered the main science and infrastructure delivery needs.

AuScope grid & interoperability

Earth composition and evolution

National virtual core library

Earth imaging & structure

Earth simulation & modelling

Geospatial framework & earth dynamics

Vision and Purpose

The organisation developed a vision statement identifying goals that underpin the work and direction of all the components.

A National Geoscience and Geospatial Infrastructure System to transform our Understanding of the Structure and Evolution of the Australian Continent,

and the core purpose

To reveal new insights into the Australian Continent, through continually improving Earth science infrastructure, to benefit the Australian community of the future.

AuScope’s goals

  • Establish AuScope Limited to support infrastructure development
  • Provide AuScope infrastructure
  • Transform our research capability through meeting researcher needs for:
    • Nationwide upgrade of the Geospatial Reference Frame
    • Clear and rich picture of Australias subsurface
    • Unlocking the composition of the top 1km
    • Characterising the nature of the deeper crust
    • Toolkit for data interrogation, simulation, modelling and inversion
  • Provide seamless access through an Interoperable Grid
  • Build a collaborative climate in AuScope
  • Produce world class research outcomes for national benefit


AuScope has far exceeded expectations in delivering on these goals and through the AGOS program further progress will be achievable for many of the original individual components.