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The MNF Operations Rolling Plan (the Plan) is an important component in guiding the efficient use of Australia's dedicated marine research capability. It seeks to help ensure that access to the MNF is broad and equitable, and that we enable excellent research that is aligned with Australia's national research priorities.

The Plan is updated annually and released at the time of a call for Primary Applications for sea time. It is provided to help prospective users engage effectively in MNF processes. This includes developing and submitting robust proposals for sea time, and facilitating liaison with end users of research outputs.

For each Primary Application call, the Plan outlines:

  • Streams for which applications are sought
  • allocation targets to guide granting of sea time across the Streams
  • MNF policy-driven priorities to define the focus for Stream 1 applications (further detail provided below)
  • overview of the operations over the forward schedules, including any multiyear projects as part of strategic partnerships or previous years' applications annual operational performance targets.

The Plan also provides a five-year outlook for the voyage schedule in the Operations Calendar. This is an important planning tool for prospective ship users.

Operations Calendar 2024-27

The Operations Calendar provided in the published MNF Operations Rolling Plan 2024 is provided for general guidance only and is current only at the time of publish.

Prospective ship users should use this calendar as a general guide for their application planning but note that the MNF may be required to edit or update this schedule at any time in response to operational requirements.

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