Managing research infrastructure on behalf of the nation.

We host Australia’s national research facilities and scientific infrastructure on behalf of the nation to assist with the delivery of research. These research facilities and specialised laboratories are available to both international and Australian users from industry and research.

We achieve this purpose through the following Function:

Function 3.1: Ensure utilisation of national facilities and collections

Key activities

  • Identify and develop collections which are vital platforms to enable research, collections of unique Australian heritage, or both.
  • Identify facility need, design and creation of new facilities.
  • Manage, operate and enhance the National Facilities and Collections.
  • Ensure access, both nationally and internationally, to the National Facilities and Collections.
  • Invest in major facilities and equipment to increase the capacity for nationally significant and collaborative research through SIEF.

Outcomes

World class facilities and collections are available and accessed by the research community and public.

Performance and targets* against the outcomes

Targets for 2020-21 and onwards will be confirmed or adjusted during 2018/19 FY

Performance Criteria 2018-19 2019-20 2020-21 2021-22

Utilisation of research infrastructure and collections

(use of facilities and collections as measured through: successful observations, time lost during observations and operations, core-hour use, outward loans and successful research days delivered)

Minimum of 70% successful astronomy observations

As per 2018-19

As per 2018-19

As per 2018-19

Maximum 5% time lost during scheduled observation

As per 2018-19

As per 2018-19

As per 2018-19

90% core hours on Magnus supercomputer

As per 2018-19

As per 2018-19

As per 2018-19

70% outward loans (over 5 years) - combined utilisation of national research collections

As per 2018-19

As per 2018-19

As per 2018-19

Minimum of 90% successful research days delivered on Marine National Facility

As per 2018-19

As per 2018-19

As per 2018-19

Maximum of 10% time lost during scheduled Marine National Facility operations

As per 2018-19

As per 2018-19

As per 2018-19

Maintenance and operation of the research infrastructure to appropriate standards

Maintain compliance with Australian legislation and regulations and ISO accreditations

As per 2018-19

As per 2018-19

As per 2018-19

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