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Tuesday, 2 February 2016
Page: 178

Bureau of Meteorology Services

(Question No. 1588)

Mr Kelvin Thomson asked the Minister for Resources, Energy and Northern Australia, in writing, on 12 October 2015:

Is it a fact that he is proposing to cease or reduce the ionospheric prediction service/space weather services of the Bureau of Meteorology, or offer it as a commercial service; if so, (a) why, and (b) is this in line with the recommendations of the Review of the Bureau of Meteorology's Space Weather Service (September 2014) that the Bureau of Meteorology should retain the space weather services.

Mr Frydenberg: The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

The 2011 "Review of the Bureau of Meteorology's capacity to respond to future extreme weather and natural disaster events and to provide seasonal forecasting services" proposed a suite of priority actions for early attention, and additional options for further consideration. Option 20 for further consideration was "Cease or reduce the Ionospheric Prediction Service or offer it as a commercial service". An independent review of the Ionospheric Prediction Service, now known as the Space Weather Service, was undertaken. The review concluded that there is a requirement for continuation of the Space Weather Service as a core function of the Bureau. The Bureau's management response supported these findings. The full management response can be found on the Bureau's website.