Diversity and inclusion baseline for the space, spatial and surveying sectors will be powered by Diversity Council Australia

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.

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“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 

Leadership group join forces to tackle diversity in the spatial sector

30 August 2020

A year on from the creation of the Spatial Sector Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan, over 30 leaders in the surveying and spatial profession came together in August to hear about the ongoing efforts to make our sectors more diverse, inclusive and dynamic. The Space, Surveying and Spatial Diversity Leadership Network (SSS-DLN) is a volunteer group formed in 2018 with a collective goal to leverage the reach and support of the network to support a more diverse and inclusive industry.

Top of the agenda was an assessment of the impacts and opportunities of the global pandemic and economic downturn on the diversity agenda and extending the scope of the network to include the space industry.

The SSS-DLN has been focused on celebrating success stories which demonstrate practical ways to improve diversity and inclusion in the workplace, having recently published a series of case studies from organisations and individuals who are making a positive impact, including DELWP’s Melissa Harris, Executive Director Strategic Land Assessment and Information, who features in the Australian and New Zealand Land Information Council’s (ANZLIC) story about achieving greater gender parity on its board.

“As individuals and organisations we know the importance of increasing diversity and inclusion, however it is often difficult knowing where to start. Reaching out to the community to seek inspiration is a wonderful first step,” says Eva Rodriguez, outgoing Co-Convenor of SSS-DLN and Portfolio and Strategy Manager at FrontierSI.

A strategic partnership has also been formed between the Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI), Consulting Surveyors National (CSN), Survey and Spatial New Zealand (SSNZ), the Spatial Industry Business Association (SIBA/GITA) and the Australian and New Zealand Land Information Council (ANZLIC). This partnership will drive the development of a Trans-Tasman survey which will be pivotal in capturing the baseline data for the state of diversity in our sector and to develop strategies for change.

Eva Rodriguez Rodriguez, outgoing co-convener of the network due to the commencement of maternity leave, welcomes those interested in playing a leadership role to step forward and in doing so, opening the way for continued momentum and fresh ideas.

“The opportunity to contribute to creating a more diverse future for the spatial industry has been an honour and a privilege. Engaging with the community at large has made me aware of the challenges faced not just in our sector, but society as a whole. This is evident as we embrace and welcome, as a network, not only spatial and surveying, but also the space sector. The way the SSS-DLN was formed and how it operates, the generosity and willingness of people and organisations to voluntarily put time and effort in creating a more inclusive industry, are all testimonies of the criticality of this issue and how timely this initiative is. We are already starting to see the actions and innovations underway, but there is still a lot more advocacy and action to do. We all need to keep building on the momentum and ensure that we truly reach and hear from the unrepresented voices, to create the diverse and inclusive environment that enables the right growth for the sector and allows us all to thrive. ”

– Eva Rodriguez Rodriguez, Projects and Strategy Manager, FrontierSI & Co-Convenor Spatial and Surveying Diversity Leadership Network

The membership of SSS-DLN would like to encourage all people from across the entire space, spatial and surveying sector to consider expressing their interest in this unique opportunity to become a leader of leaders and championing the inclusion of all differences, including diversity of background – such as gender, cultural background/identity, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, age, education, professional discipline, experience – as well as diversity of thinking approaches.

The Space, Spatial and Surveying Diversity Leadership Network (SSS-DLN) is the industry group supporting the Diversity & Inclusion: Thinking differently about difference action plan.

If you are interested in becoming a member of the SSS-DLN, know of other individuals and/or organisations that we should approach to join, or would just like more information our activities, please contact Diversity@2026agenda.com

SSSI NSW/ACT conference, 6 – 7 December 2017, to analyse spatial’s role in digital economy

The Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute NSW has unveiled the program for their regional conference, to be held on December 6-7 2017, in Bathurst.

The SSSI’s NSW and ACT branches are co-hosting the two-day conference, which will also incorporate the 2017 Individual Spatial Excellence Awards presentation.

Selected highlights from the program include:

Dr. Zaffar Sadiq Mohamed-Ghouse, Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information (CRCSI)

The 2026 Spatial Industry Transformation and Growth Agenda (2026 Agenda) is a whole-of-sector initiative of business, government, research, academia and spatial-user organisations that has engaged more than 500 individuals to jointly create a rolling roadmap and Action Plan that identifies 34 coordinated transformative initiatives that aims to transform the Australian spatial sector, and accelerate the growth of traditional and emerging markets through the power of location technologies.

Read more about the other conference highlights here.

Position Magazine October/November 2017

Call for papers open for Locate18/GeoSmart Asia 2018

By  on 11 October, 2017

(Photo: Locate Chair Dr Zaffar Sadiq Mohamed-Ghouse)

The premiere geospatial event in Australia is starting to come together for 2018 as organisers recently opened the call for papers for Locate18 & GeoSmart Asia ’18, scheduled for 9-11 April in Adelaide.

The theme for the 2018 event is ‘The Art, Science and Business of Geospatial’, and organisers say the conference will bring a sharper focus on technological advancements in the geospatial industry with the aim of spurring new business models.

Chair of Locate Conferences Australia Dr Zaffar Sadiq Mohamed-Ghouse says the new format will be in line with the 2026 Spatial Industry Transformation and Growth Agenda (2026Agenda), which aims to ensure the Australian spatial sector makes the most of growth opportunities.  Read the full story here.


Spatial Source 10 April 2017

Welcome to the future: the spatial sector growth plan arrives

Released last week at Locate17, the 2026 Spatial Industry Transformation and Growth Agenda (2026 Agenda) represents a step change for the industry, and aims to act as a catalyst to maximise the innovation, productivity and competitiveness of the industry across Australia.

Collectively created by business, government, academia and spatial-user organisations, the 10-year Action Plan is underpinned by 34 transformational initiatives.

A rapidly changing technological and operating environment is creating unprecedented global opportunities for the spatial sector to generate additional value. This is especially relevant for the Australian spatial sector, which has a global competitive advantage in this area. However, failing to stay ahead of, or keep pace with, changes in technology, policy, governance, research and development and global investment in spatial capabilities puts the sector at risk of missing key growth opportunities.

In response, members of the spatial sector have collaborated on a 10 year strategic plan to grow and transform the Australian spatial industry. Following some nine months of consultation, the plan is now ready for implementation following its formal launch at Locate17 and available online for viewing…[READ MORE HERE}…

Utility Magazine 7 April 2017


National growth plan for Australia’s spatial sector

The recently released 2026 Spatial Industry Transformation and Growth Agenda (2026 Agenda) represents a change for the industry and aims to maximise the innovation, productivity and competitiveness of the spatial industry across Australia.

Collectively created by business, government, academia and spatial-user organisations, the Action Plan is underpinned by 34 transformational initiatives, and will be delivered through a rolling 10-year roadmap

A rapidly changing technological and operating environment is creating unprecedented global opportunities…[READ MORE HERE]…

Spatial Source 11 October 2016

Have your say in the future of the spatial industry


Spatial leaders in Australia are being called upon to have their say in the future of arguably Australia’s most innovative industry.

The 2026 Spatial Industry Transformation and Growth Agenda (2026Agenda) is a unique opportunity for the spatial sector to realise its potential as a thriving and profitable sector. As part of its next phase, the Agenda is seeking to identify the critical initiatives needed to grow our industry – encompassing private sector, government, academia and spatial-user organisations – and as such is looking for informed opinions from the industry.

The 2026Agenda was established…[READ MORE HERE]…

Spatial Source 16 December 2016

Action plan sets path for a decade of spatial innovation


Earlier this year, spatial industry representatives from various organisations around Australia converged to oversee the development of Australia’s first spatial industry growth agenda. Named the 2026Agenda, the initiative aims to take the best advantage of the growing opportunities for the spatial sector over the next decade.

Traditionally, this ‘spatial’ sector has focused on location-specific practices such as positioning, cadastral surveying, geodesy, engineering and mine surveying, remote sensing, GIS, and cartography.

However, in recent times…[READ MORE HERE]…

Spatial Source 17 January 2017

Last chance to have your say in the future of spatial


Over the past six months, a new initiative known as the 2026Agenda has engaged more than 400 individuals to secure a strong future for the Australian spatial and surveying sector. As the agenda enters its next phase, now is your last chance to have your say on the actions chosen to grow the sector’s relevance as it enters a new age of disruption and uncertainty.

In December 2016, the 2026 Spatial Industry Transformation and Growth Agenda (2026Agenda for short) entered its next crucial phase with the release of its first draft Action Plan.

Spatial Source 5 September 2016

Insights of Australia’s spatial thought leaders have been compiled into the first report from the 2026 Spatial Industry Transformation and Growth Agenda. The initiative, known also as the 2026Agenda, is aimed at ensuring that Australia’s spatial industry is best positioned to evolve and make the most of key growth opportunities.

As part of this, the 2026Agenda has published the results of its first stage of in-sector consultation.  The key findings of 40 interviews with thought leaders across the spatial sector in Australia have been compiled and published in theSpatial Sector: Insights Report.

Among its many findings,…[READ MORE HERE…..]