Role statement - Bureau of Meteorology

The Bureau of Meteorology is Australia's national weather, climate and water agency operating under the authority of the Meteorology Act 1955 and the Water Act 2007. The Bureau's expertise and services assist Australians in dealing with the harsh realities of their natural environment, including drought, floods, fires, storms, tsunami and tropical cyclones. Through regular forecasts, warnings, monitoring and advice spanning the Australian region and Antarctic territory, the Bureau provides one of the most fundamental and widely used services of government.

Activity

Critical task alignment / activity source

Mitigation

 

Contribute to community awareness activities related to meteorological and hydrological phenomena and warning systems

1.2, 1.6

   

Contribute to community hazard mapping by taking the lead role in the analysis of relevant meteorological and hydrological information

1.4, 2.1, 4.4, 4.6

   

BoM is a participating agency, as shown in the Mitigation table (Table 8), for the following heatwave mitigation activities:
● Weather forecasting

● Heat Health Alert System to alert subscribers of forecast extreme heat

Mitigation table

   

BoM is a participating agency, as shown in the Mitigation table (Table 8), for the following storm mitigation activities:
● BoM weather and warning network and systems

Mitigation table

   

Response (Including Relief)

 

Issue warnings on gales, storms, tsunami, solar storms and other weather conditions likely to endanger life or property, or that give rise to floods or bushfires

2.1, 2.3

   

In co-ordination with Victorian state agencies, provide weather-related information to media, including direct broadcast via radio and the internet

2.3, 3.2, 4.5

   

Provide expert advice for emergencies that are influenced by meteorological and hydrological conditions

4.5, 4.6

   

Provide weather forecasts and meteorological and hydrological information

4.5, 4.6

   

BoM is the lead Response Support Agency (RSA) for the functional area of weather, as shown in the Response Support table (Table 10)

Response Support table

   

Recovery

 

For recovery activities, refer directly to the agency for further information.

 
   

Assurance and Learning

 

For assurance and learning activities, refer directly to the agency for further information.