SRA Wins SEWPaC Shipwrecks Website Upgrade

The Maritime Heritage Section in the Australian Government Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (SEWPaC) undertakes a wide range of activities concerned with managing the Maritime Heritage of Australia. As part of this it is responsible for administering the Historic Shipwrecks Act 1976.  

The current Australian National Shipwrecks Database (ANSDB) was developed in 2008 by SRA to facilitate the administration and management of the Historic Shipwrecks Act 1976.  The current ANSDB was developed  in three phases to record details about Shipwreck, Relics, and relevant Compliance related information. Phases 1 and 2 comprised the statutory compliance requirements. Phase 3 focused on developing a public website user interface and basic GIS capacity. Following Phase 3, the ANSDB was released on the Department’s web site. Subsequently, the Department changed its GIS platform and the basic functionally that was developed in Phase 3 became obsolete.

The proposed Phase 4 is to develop the web GIS mapping capacity, in line with the supported Departmental platform; adjust fields to meet statutory requirements to meet current and future needs of the various Acts and Conventions that govern it. It will provide full spatial analysis functionality as required to carry out statutory activities such as referral assessments by State delegate authorities. It will also enable planners and developers to be able to map specific protected historic shipwrecks in their proposed development zone, in line with the Australian Underwater Cultural Heritage Inter-Governmental Agreement.