Research Infrastructure Investment Plan Scoping Study: National Environmental Prediction System (NEPS)

As part of the 2016 National Research Infrastructure Roadmap it was identified that investment was needed to establish a NEPS, as part of the Earth and Environmental Systems focus area. It is seen that it could enable the integration of environmental observations with predictive modelling to boost research capability and our economy through improved environmental risk management.

This formal scoping exercise is commissioned by the Department of Education and Training to provide technical assessments and requirements study, including implementation costs and timeframes, of enhancing the underlying infrastructure of establishing and managing a NEPS to become national research infrastructure (NRI), especially to also suit researchers in addition to operational uses. The scoping exercise will be informed by targeted consultations with key experts and stakeholders, including relevant areas of the existing NCRIS network.

The scoping exercise will provide independent advice and guidance to government on the National Research infrastructure (NRI) needs for establishing and managing a National Environmental Prediction System (NEPS). It will develop a vision for a NEPS research infrastructure priority identified in the 2016 National Research Infrastructure Roadmap, building on existing NRI environmental data capabilities, including those expanded as part of the Government response to the Roadmap.

The scoping exercise has two key objectives.

  • Obtain broad agreement from key stakeholders regarding the components of a national capability for a NEPS.
  • Develop a detailed establishment plan, including identification of stakeholder co-investments and actions necessary to support the development and maintenance of the capability.

Expert Panel


Dr Rob Vertessy FTSE


  • Professor Bronwyn Harch
  • Dr Andrea Hinwood 
  • Dr Adam Lewis
  • Dr Phil McFadden AO
  • Mr Warwick McDonald
  • Dr Steve Morton

Consultation and meetings

The intention is to hold face-to-face interviews, telephone consultations and group meetings with key Australian informants, being either individuals or small groups representing particular organisations, who have an interest in the development of the NEPS.

Details of dates and places related to forthcoming meetings will be posted here.

Key documents

Download PDF documents about the NEPS scoping study when they become available.


To ask questions about the consultation timetable or any other topic related to NEPS, send an email to