Spatial Industries Business Association
reached a significant milestone this year when we completed our 17th
submission on government policy in a single year. Comment on public
policy by the industry is important and our success has demonstrated the
the value of this approach. SIBA has managed, through its advocacy
program of submissions, government and media briefing, to build
awareness of the importance of our industry sector and our role in the
The spatial industries have been recognised as a discrete sector in
Australia since 2001. There is no doubt that the Spatial Information
Industry Action Agenda was the catalyst for this recognition as it
brought all of the industry players together to discuss how the industry
would move forward. The establishment of a single private sector voice –
SIBA - was the first recommendation implemented arising following the
Action Agenda. SIBA is now 10 years old.
following the Action Agenda there was a flurry of activity to build
awareness within governments, media, business and the community at
large. SIBA has worked to support the industry by building awareness and
identifying key policy domains in which spatial information and
technologies is crucial to a successful outcome. This Web Site contains
many of the submissions that have formed the backbone of our efforts to
link spatial information and technologies to important policy issues
such as salinity, water resource management, bushfire, floods,
government red tape, environmental management and climate change,
transport amongst others.
information and technologies is the backbone of our national
infrastructure from surveying and mapping to geographic information
systems (GIS) and location based services. This industry is location IT and it represents growth in the new economy.
is the voice of the private sector of the spatial industries. SIBA
advocates for the industry at all levels of government and across almost
every portfolio of ministerial responsibility. SIBA's member firms are
the leading companies, both large and small, in the spatial industries.
the national and global level, location is at the heart of some of our
most pressing problems: environmental degradation, climate change, crime
and security, defence, border security, social welfare, asset
management, controlling disease and pests, planning our cities, managing
and recovering from natural hazards and disasters and coping with
poverty and starvation.
use location data to determine where and when their services are
needed. Companies make loans and investments, build factories and
offices, analyse risks and assign insurance rates according to location
decisions. Farmers use location based information to boost their
productivity in operations like controlled traffic farming and precision
information also meets many of our personal needs, particularly those
arising from our increasing desire for mobility while maintaining
instant access to location information – from GNSS navigation systems
for our vehicles to the rapidly growing use of location based devices
for personal communication.
spatial industries provide the tools and methods to meet, represent,
analyse and resolve these important activities and demands of our modern
society. It is, therefore, a crucial enabler for the information age of
the 21st century.
latest economic study of the industry shows that it contributes up to
$12.5 billion annually to Australia’s gross domestic product and that it
delivers significant other financial and social benefits. An even more
recent study revealed a significant impact on GDP, in excess of $1.2
billion per annum, in New Zealand.