Diversity and Inclusion

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Space, Spatial & Surveying Diversity Leaders Network Charter

We believe in challenging the status quo and bringing new solutions to old problems by creating a strong network of leaders and changemakers.

The Space, Spatial and Surveying Diversity Leadership Network (SSS-DLN) brings together leaders from business, government and education to provide visible advocacy for diversity and inclusion within the profession. It has a particular focus on promoting sector-level actions that support greater diversity and more inclusive workplaces and that grow the capabilities and skills of our sector for the future.

The SSS-DLN is open to industry professionals from the space, geospatial and surveying profession in Australia or New Zealand.

The network is governed by a committee of Co-Conveners who volunteer their time to provide strategic leadership, coordination and advocacy for the network’s activities. The composition of the Co-Conveners committee is intended to bring an appropriate mix of skills, experience and backgrounds to best serve the interests of the SSS-DLN. Co-Conveners serve a two-year term that is staggered between members to ensure a smooth transition.  Sub-working groups are also used to progress specific actions and are chaired by a Co-Convener.

The SSS-DLN meets three times a year, coinciding with events, to share data and experiences on diversity within their organisation and provide feedback and direction on the strategic priorities for the network. Its program of work is informed by Thinking differently about difference: An action plan for boosting innovation and collaboration in the Spatial Sectors through diversity and inclusion.

Showcasing Diversity and Inclusion in the Spatial Sector

In February 2020 the Co-Conveners of the Spatial and Surveying Diversity Leadership Network issued a call to the spatial sector to showcase leaders in our sector who are investing in opening doors, challenging bias, and creating workplace cultures that foster a sense of belonging and inclusion.

Sharing stories is one of the most powerful means we have to influence, teach, and inspire. For that reason, the aim was to hear and learn about those success stories that demonstrate practical ways to improve diversity and inclusion in your workplace.

The below case studies are the result of that call. They are a wonderful set of examples on how organisations and individuals are adopting strategies and new ways to progress in this important matter. We hope you enjoy the read and get inspired to take action.

Case Studies:
ANZLIC: Mapping a new course to spatial leadership

How FrontierSI is building an inclusive culture from the bottom up

How the Institution of Surveyors Victoria is appealing to the next generation of surveyors

More than child’s play: How Dr Karen Joyce is inspiring the next generation of geospatial scientists

Strengthening the future of our national geospatial industry: Intergenerational knowledge exchange and soft skills development in the SSSI Mentoring Program

The Co-Conveners of the Spatial and Surveying Diversity Leadership Network –

Action Plan: Thinking differently about difference

Achieving more diverse and inclusive workplaces is an important priority as the spatial and surveying sector prepares for the onset of the digital revolution in a fast-changing technology landscape with a tight pipeline of talent.

Thinking Differently About Difference: An action plan for boosting innovation and collaboration in the spatial sectors is a call to action. It outlines the current state of diversity in our sector, a compelling business case for more inclusive and diverse workplaces and what we can do individually, within our organisations and collectively across the sector to make an impact.

This action plan is not the final roadmap. It is the first iteration of the process and will be refined and improved continually with those who share this vision for change.



More than 30 leaders from government, industry and academia came together in March 2018 to form the Spatial and Surveying Diversity Leadership Network with the goal to leverage the reach and support of the network to support a more diverse and inclusive spatial and surveying industry. This aligns with the values and vision of the 2026Agenda.

Want to be part of the action?

If you want to be involved, please contact us at diversity@2026agenda.com.