Marking a year since the public release of the 2026 Spatial Industry and Growth Transformation Agenda, and the 2026Agenda team has marked the occasion with a ‘report card’ that details strong progress across the six core activity pillars, and the securing of longer-term funding.
The report card, released ahead of the 2026Agenda’s one-year anniversary at Geosmart Asia – Locate ’18, also claims that nine out of twelve priority initiatives are complete or on track, with two marked as ‘delayed but in progress’ and one without measurable progress.
Peter Woodgate, co-chair of the 2026Agenda, said that substantial advancements were made in the 2026Agenda’s first year. “Everyone involved has dug deep and contributed to significant gains across nearly all the initiatives,” he said.
“Most notably the Public Infrastructure and Analytics, Outreach, and Educational pillars have really been pushed forward. Importantly, while the Action Plan covers 10 years of initiatives, we’ve already begun work on two thirds of the 34 initiatives.”
CRCSI has announced that the 2026Agenda has secured long-term funding and resource commitments from a group of major spatial organisations across Australia, commitments which they say will allow them to transition to active advocacy from passive tracking of indicators.
Glenn Cockerton, co-chair of the 2026Agenda and Managing Director of Spatial Vision called for other entities to come forward.
“While many of the 2026Agenda initiatives have great champions taking ownership, there are further opportunities for organisations to step forward to drive these initiatives to completion,” he said.
“These initiatives have been flagged as pending or delayed within the report card, and the 2026Agenda is calling for all future focused, collaborative people and organisations to contact the 2026Agenda team to register their interest.”
See highlights across the six core pillars of the 2026Agenda excerpted from the 2017 report card below.
Pillar A – Public Infrastructure and Analytics
- Location Infrastructure Knowledge Platform released by PM&C and Geoscience Australia early 2017
- $130 Million allocated to projects within the Federal Data Integration Partnerships for Australia (PM&C) playing a lead role
- $14 Million funding allocated to SBAS, progressing the National Positioning Infrastructure, including significant funding for private sector demonstration projects
- $15 Million funding allocated to Digital Earth Australia led by Geoscience Australia, including a dedicated private sector engagement and innovation strategy Inquiry
- Integration of the Productivity Commission Data Availability and Use
Pillar B -Innovation and Entrepreneurship
- SIBA | GITA undertaken a landscape scan of growth sector analysis activities to determine existing work, prioritise future work
- Livestock Spatial Innovation Strategy ready for publication with Meat and Livestock Australia
- Heath roundtable held in Canberra on Oct 17 producing Location Matters document–Action to activate location data for people centred policy
- Strong progress with the Minerals sector to create partnership investigating value chain opportunities
- Completion of the Queensland living and laboratory
Pillar C -Outreach
- Locate Conference Board has adopted the recommendations of the 2026 Agenda, and has changed the target audience and structure at Locate 18/GeoSmartAsia
- Value of spatial information to NSW economy published
- Value of Spatial to red meat industry to be published as part of livestock innovation strategy
- SBAS economic analysis started by Ernst and Young
- Digital Earth Australia funding an economic baselining activity for Earth Observations in Australia
Pillar D –Research and Development
- CRCSI has developed with its partners and is circulating a working draft research agenda that will make a significant contribution to the a national research agenda. with their partners. This plan will be delivered by the evolution of CRCSI to FrontierSI from July 2018 to June 2023. This research brings together inputs from over 50 organisations across: Universities, government departments (including CSIRO), private companies
- Conversations with other national research entities to examine their participation/involvement in a national R&D Agenda
Pillar E –Education, Training and Capacity Building
- SSSI have taken the initiative to bring as many education players together to discuss all of Pillar E in December 2017
- SSSI, IS NSW VIC and WA, Destination Spatial, The Surveying Taskforce, GTAV/ AGTA, Tasmanian Agricultural Education Network, EsriAustralia, SIBA, CSN, CRCSI, RDA, ASIERA, CRSBANZ, ANZLIC, and UniSA
- Face to face facilitated workshop scheduled for late April 2018
- Unprecedented level of coordination to examine requirements along the entire education pipeline, from primary school through to post graduate and business education
Pillar F -Representation
- Significant expansion of the 2026 Leadership Group to include senior representatives from the Agriculture, Transport, Energy, and Health and Welfare sectors
- Commitment to support the 2026Agenda implementation across CRCSI, SIBA|GITA and SSSI, forming a strong collaborative team to accelerate the implementation of initiatives
- ANZLIC considered and responded to 2026Agenda paper to examine how ANZLIC and their representative organisations can align to and implement 2026 initiatives