Review of RVI Access Framework

The Marine National Facility (MNF) is striving to ensure that the best possible outcomes are delivered from its resources to meet the needs of both the marine research community and the nation.

To ensure these objectives are being met, the MNF, with advice from the MNF Steering Committee, initiated an independent review (the Review) to examine the framework that governs how access to RV Investigator is managed and sea time is allocated.

The Marine National Facility is owned and operated by CSIRO on behalf of the nation.  ©CSIRO

The Review was completed in the first half of 2019 by Dr Bruce Mapstone. It was informed by consultation with a wide cross-section of stakeholders from the science community, government and industry, as well as other research facility operators.

The Review report was delivered to the MNF in May 2019 and provided a range of recommendations to ensure that decision-making in relation to allocation of sea time is efficient, equitable and transparent, and that it optimises use of MNF resources.

The MNF, in consultation with the MNF Steering Committee, has carefully considered the Review recommendations. This has led to the development of MNF 2030, a milestone strategy to guide the use of Australia’s dedicated marine research capability for the next 10 years.

Find out more about MNF 2030

Download the documents 

Download the Review report: Marine National Facility Access Framework Review [pdf · 2mb]

Download the Review summary: Marine National Facility Access Framework Review - Summary [pdf · 2mb]

Download the Review Terms of Reference: Terms of Reference - Review of the MNF Access Framework [pdf · 1mb]

Further information

Updates on actions and the response to review can be found in MNF 2030. Regular updates on the MNF and its operations are provided on this website and via the MNF Mailing List.