15 June 2021

Evidence for the space, spatial and surveying industry to diversify their workforce and measure the impact of existing strategies is closer than ever.

A partnership has been brokered which will allow the entire space, spatial and surveying workforce to benefit from Diversity Council Australia’s Inclusion@Work Index.

The index, which aims to map and track the state of inclusion within the Australian workforce, has been developed in consultation with an expert panel of practitioners and academics. Every two years, Australian organisations are invited to participate in the index, enabling them to measure diversity and inclusion in their workforce and compare findings with other participating organisations.

The Inclusion@Work Index covers three broad areas:  

1. Experience of inclusion at work (e.g., team inclusion, inclusive leadership, inclusive/exclusive behaviours, awareness and support of organisational d&i activity)  

2. Diversity demographics (e.g., aboriginal and/or torres strait islander background, age, caring responsibilities, cultural background, disability status, gender identity, religious affiliation, sexual orientation)  

3. Impact of inclusion (e.g., effectiveness, innovation, customer service, discretionary effort, job satisfaction, turnover intention)  

Participation will be sought  from all professionals working in the SSS sectors across  government, academia and business.

The questionnaire will be issued by email invitation to 10,000 individuals through the existing communication channels of the partnering peak associations.

It will launch on 9 August. The questionnaire takes approximately 15 minutes to complete. 

How can you get involved?

Are you a senior leader who can act as champion within your organisation? Or do you have a communication’s team who could use a toolkit of resources to drive participation?

Email diversity@agenda2026.com  with the contact details of your organisation’s champion or communications lead and we will be in touch very soon.

Attributable quote

“While we don’t have an exact figure on workforce numbers for the space, spatial and surveying sectors, the steering committee have estimated as many as 25,000 professionals working across Australia and New Zealand.  Our aim is to reach 40% of our professionals and invite them to participate in the 2021 Inclusion@Work Index. “

Amelia Davies,
Chair of the research steering committee,
a sub-group of the, Space, Spatial & Surveying Diversity Leadership Network 

  • Australian and New Zealand Land Information Council (ANZLIC)
  • Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI)
  • The Spatial Industries Business Association (SIBA) and Geospatial Information & Technology Association ANZ (GITA)
  • Consulting Surveyors National (CSN) and, 
  • Earth Observation Australia (EOA)
  • Space, Spatial and Surveying Diversity Leadership Network (SSS-DLN)
  • Survey and Spatial New Zealand (S & SNZ)
  • Women in Spatial

Diversity Council Australia (DCA) is the independent not-for-profit peak body leading diversity and inclusion in the workplace.  For more information on the methodology visit https://www.dca.org.au/inclusion-at-work-index/methodology