Nearly two months have passed since the 2026Agenda Action Plan came into force. It laid out the roadmap for ensuring Australia’s spatial industry makes the most of future growth opportunities using 34 transformational initiatives.
Now, the 2026Agenda has just backed up the Action Plan with the release of its latest report “Action Plan: Discussed.” The new 59-page report details the impetus behind the current Action Plan and sheds further light on how the Action Plan was created.
Geoservices are forecasted grow globally at a rate of 30% per annum and the 2026 Spatial Industry Transformation and Growth Agenda (the 2026Agenda for short) aims to captialise on this opportunity and ensure Australia makes the most of growth opportunities over the next ten years.
The latest report “Action Plan: Discussed” (available for download from www.2026agenda.com) provides detailed information and reading material to more deeply understand the Action Plan. It explains how the Action Plan was created and includes:
- Detailed feedback from the national consultation used to identify the barriers to growth, the needs and the development of the vision
- Learnings from sectors outside spatial
- Further details on the objectives, motivation and status of the 6 pillars for transformation and the related 34 initiatives
- Explanations for the consultation’s methodology, technical details and acronyms
The Action Plan is already underway
A number of developments discussed in the Action Plan are already underway and directly impacting the work on “Pillar A: Public Infrastructure and Analytics”:
The Satellite-Based Augmentation System (SBAS) testbed trial – a test project part of the National Positioning Capability (NPI) – has now commenced. The trial is supported by a $12 million investment from the Australian Government and, as announced in January 2017, with a further $2 million from the New Zealand Government.
Additionally, in the 2017/18 Federal Budget, the Australian Government announced the investment of $15.3 million over the next two years to establish Digital Earth Australia (DEA). DEA is a world-first analysis platform for satellite imagery and other Earth observations that builds on the globally recognised Australian Geoscience Data Cube.
Another notable new service is the Location Intelligence Knowledge Platform (LINK), which was launched in April 2017. LINK represents a development from the FSDF conceptual data framework into an online knowledge database. The LINK creates simplified access to a wealth of fundamental spatial datasets across all levels of government and Australia’s states and territories.
The 2026Agenda is establishing a new leadership model to address the need for clear leadership in the spatial sector and to “stop talking only to ourselves” – a request unanimously voiced through the 2026Agenda’s consultation process. To ensure an outward-looking focus, the group will incorporate key leaders of priority growth sectors, including transport, agriculture and health. The membership of this group is expected to be announced in the coming months.
To get involved in the implementation of the 2026Agenda Action Plan, get in touch with the team: Phil Delaney (CRCSI) and Eva Rodriguez (CRCSI and SIBA) on 03 9035 9936 or via email on email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
All 2026Agenda activities to date have been coordinated by a working group jointly chaired by the Spatial Industries Business Association (SIBA|GITA) and the Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information (CRCSI). The working group includes members from the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Landgate, the peak government spatial organisation ANZLIC, Data 61 (CSIRO), Geoscience Australia, and the Queensland Department of Natural Resources and Mines.