Bioregional assessments

The Australian Government’s bioregional assessments programs provide transparent scientific information to better understand the potential impacts of unconventional gas and coal mining developments on water and the environment. There are two separate programs of bioregional assessments, The Geological and Bioregional Assessment Program and the Bioregional Assessment Program.

Bioregional assessments from both programs will inform Commonwealth and State Government decisions in regulating unconventional gas and coal mining operations.


The CSIRO’s Gas Industry Social and Environmental Research Alliance (GISERA) is a collaboration between CSIRO, Commonwealth and state governments and industry established to undertake publicly-reported independent research. The purpose of GISERA is for CSIRO to provide quality assured scientific research and information to communities living in gas development regions focusing on social and environmental topics including: groundwater and surface water, biodiversity, land management, the marine environment, human health and socio-economic impacts. The governance structure for GISERA is designed to provide for and protect research independence and transparency of research outputs.