Stakeholders and Collaborators
Success comes when teams across disciplinary, organizational, cultural and international boundaries work together. We are solutions-driven and achieve high quality outcomes through collaboration. We are partner based and collaborate with organisations and stakeholders across the globe. If you would like to learn more about how to access the myriad of services below, connect with us here. FrontierSI’s key collaborators and stakeholders are:
Status: Spatial Organisation (Research & Innovation Collaborator)
ANZLIC (The Spatial Information Council) is the peak intergovernmental body in Australia and New Zealand providing leadership on all aspects of spatial service delivery and information. Its vision is that ‘Spatial capabilities and place-based intelligence drive social, economic and environmental benefits across Australia and New Zealand’
The role of ANZLIC is to develop policies and strategies to promote accessibility and usability of spatial information. ANZLIC is an advocate for the resolution of national level issues and provides a link between government and industry, academia and the general public.
ANZLIC is a key stakeholder for FrontierSI. Half of ANZLIC’s members are FrontierSI partners, and FrontierSI’s strategy is highly aligned with the 2020-24 ANZLIC strategy. Where requested, FrontierSI works with ANZLIC and its partners on multi-jurisdictional collaborative research and innovation initiatives.
Status: Steering Committee Member and Program Collaborator
AusSeabed is a national seabed mapping coordination program aimed at improving the awareness, coverage, quality, discoverability and accessibility of seabed mapping data through coordination and collaboration in the Australian region.
The program aims to serve the Australian community that relies on seabed data by coordinating collection efforts in Australian waters and improving data access. The AusSeabed program is a national collaborative initiative led by Geoscience Australia, but operated by Commonwealth, State and Territory entities, universities and industry; it is open to all interested parties. In the spirit of “collect once, use many times”, AusSeabed provides an open collaboration space where data creators and users can better connect to develop initiatives and products that will improve the quality, discoverability and accessibility of seabed mapping data.
Status: Joint Statement of Strategic Intent and Cooperation
FrontierSI has committed to work with the Australian Space Agency to usher in a new era of growth for the Australian space industry, with the joint signing of a Statement of Strategic Intent and Cooperation in August 2019.
The Australian Space Agency and FrontierSI share the goal of developing a globally respected Australian space industry to deliver the benefits for Australians that will flow from the advancement of the space and spatial sectors. FrontierSI has a critical role making the information from space usable for downstream industry sectors including the agriculture, health, mining, built infrastructure, transport, energy, defence and environmental sectors.
Australia’s 10-year plan for the civil space sector is outlined in the Australian Space Agency’s Advancing Space: Australian Civil Space Strategy 2019-2028. The Australian Space Agency is working towards tripling the size of Australia’s space sector to $12 billion with the aim of creating 20,000 jobs by 2030 through increasing national space capabilities, promoting responsible regulation, risk and space culture, and building the future workforce. FrontierSI’s collaboration model, together with our focus on developing downstream markets for space derived information services, align with many of the objectives and priorities outlined in the Australian Civil Space Strategy, particularly supporting next generation positioning, navigation and timing infrastructure, Earth observation services and leapfrog R&D.
The Australian Space Agency drives growth and job creation for a more prosperous Australia by facilitating economic transformation and boosting business competitiveness. They have administrative and regulatory functions that help Australian industries prosper. They also have a legal obligation to be fair and transparent.
Status: Associate Member
The Cooperative Research Centre Association is a not-for-profit organisation operating to promote the pursuit of science, particularly through the Australian Government’s CRC Program. Its strategic objectives are (1) Contribute to positioning of the CRC Program in Australian Government R&D portfolios to occupy a unique position as the Federal Government’s premier high impact, collaborative industry research program that is worthy of investment for growth over the long term; (2) Foster best practice in members for the conduct and management of collaborative research; and (3) Govern the CRC Association in an effective manner to secure its capacity to continue to service its members.
The Cooperative Research Centre for Developing Northern Australia (CRCNA) is investing funds over ten years to support industry-led research collaborations to develop new technologies, products and services which address industry issues in Northern Australia within three initial focus areas: Agriculture and food (including aquaculture, horticulture and forestry); Northern Australia health service delivery; and Traditional Owner-led business development.
Earth Observation Australia aims provide a national base for regular communication and coordination of earth observation data collection, distribution, access, product and service development and delivery and calibration and validation activities across all relevant federal and state government agencies, research agencies, universities, private sector and non-government organisations. In doing so it aims to address and implement the five priorities of Australia’s Earth Observation Community Plan for 2026. Earth Observation Australia Inc. is an Incorporated Association governed by the Queensland Associations Incorporations Act (1981) and an Australian Registered Body governed by the Corporations Act (2001).
Status: Strategic relationship through Memorandum of Understanding
The European Association of Remote Sensing Companies (EARSC) and FrontierSI through Spatial Information Systems Research Ltd (SISR) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). EARSC and FrontierSI are cooperating on the promotion of Earth Observation (EO) technology use and in supporting collaboration and exchange between companies in Europe and Australia which offer EO-related products and services.
EARSC is a non-profit organisation aimed to promote the use of Earth-observation (EO) and European companies which offer EO-related products and services. Formed in 1989, the organisation has over 100-member companies from throughout Europe with a secretariat office in Brussels. EARSC is actively involved in coordinating and strengthening the EO chain and promoting the European geo-information industry and providing a unified voice on wider European and global issues of importance to the industrial sector.
Status: Participating Organisation
FrontierSI has been an active member of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) Community since 2017 through our participating organisation status. GEO is a partnership of more than 100 national governments and more than 100 participating organisations that envisions a future where decisions and actions for the benefit of humankind are informed by coordinated, comprehensive and sustained Earth observations.
GEO is a unique global network connecting government institutions, academic and research institutions, data providers, businesses, engineers, scientists and experts to create innovative solutions to global challenges at a time of exponential data growth, human development and climate change that transcend national and disciplinary boundaries. The unprecedented global collaboration of experts helps identify gaps and reduce duplication in the areas of sustainable development and sound environmental management.
Together, the GEO community is creating a Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) to better integrate observing systems and share data by connecting existing infrastructures using common standards. There are more than 400 million open data resources in GEOSS from more than 150 national and regional providers such as NASA and ESA; international organisations such as WMO, and in the commercial sector including Digital Globe.
GEO promotes open, coordinated and sustained data sharing and infrastructure for better research, policy making, decisions and action across many disciplines. The GEO community focuses on three global priority engagement areas: the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Paris Agreement, and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.
Status: Research and Innovation Collaborator
The Intergovernmental Committee on Surveying and Mapping (ICSM) was established in 1988 and membership is comprised of senior representatives of surveying and mapping agencies. In 2002, ICSM became a Standing Committee of ANZLIC – the Australian and New Zealand Spatial Information Council. ICSM’s core function is to coordinate and promote the development and maintenance of key national spatial data including geodetic, topographic, cadastral, street addressing, tides & sea level, and geographical names.
Where requested, FrontierSI works with ICSM and its working groups on multi-jurisdictional collaborative research and innovation initiatives.
Status: Memorandum of Understanding and OGC member
In 2020, FrontierSI re-signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the global not-for-profit geospatial organisation , Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC). The OGC community creates free, publicly available geospatial standards that enable new technologies. OGC and FrontierSI are committed to connecting communities and technology within and across domains. OGC and FrontierSI work together on joint activities to reach out, innovate and educate at national, regional and international levels. FrontierSI already partners with existing OGC members including Geoscience Australia, Curtin University, Land Information New Zealand, UNSW, AAM Group, Omnilink, and PSMA Australia, so the overlap is not only strategic but mutually beneficial.
The collaboration will look to accelerate research results into broad national, regional, and worldwide applications. The organisations will identify and align research projects via planned and ongoing testbeds, pilot projects and interoperability experiments to encourage further investment. FrontierSI is currently leading a scoping study to improve geodetic data interchange standards, which will aim to identify the requirements of industry sectors in Australia regarding geodetic data and metadata standards, with the prospect of the development of a new, global standard.
The OGC is an international consortium of more than 530 organisations including government agencies, commercial businesses, and research and academia driven to make geospatial information and services accessible on a global level. The mission of the OGC is to make location Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable (FAIR) via a proven consensus-based collaborative and agile process combining standards, innovation, and partnerships.
SIBA|GITA is the peak body representing the Spatial Industry. We are a trusted source of knowledge for our members, and an active advocate for future business opportunities. Members include businesses who supply surveying and spatial services, as well as educational institutions and government agencies who provide critical services and support, and organisations who use spatial information in the public and private sector. SIBA|GITA is a unified network throughout Australasia, working together to build a more innovative, entrepreneurial and prosperous Australia.
Status: Australian Innovation Partner
FrontierSI ratified a strategic partnership with Smart Cities Council (Australia/New Zealand) as an Australian Innovation Partner, in June 2020.
Digital technology and intelligent design should be harnessed to create smart, sustainable cities with high-quality living and high-quality jobs. To tap into the transformative power of smart technologies, cities need a trusted, neutral advisor. The Smart Cities Council provides that support. They are a network of leading companies advised by top universities, laboratories and standards bodies.
Status: Strategic Partnership (as Core Participant)
The Smart Satellite Cooperative Research Centre (SmartSat CRC) commenced in July 2019 with $110 million in funding over seven years.
FrontierSI is a core partner of the SmartSat CRC where we apply our expertise to strengthen the connection between space and spatial and establish a demand-driven, thriving space industry. Space and spatial are intrinsically linked, with spatial often creating the demand for new space infrastructure. We use our strong pedigree of developing industry growth, partnerships, and expertise in analytics to ensure the downstream applications of space are optimised and can be accessed by all sectors. The SmartSat CRC is a vital component of the fledging Australian space industry, bringing together government, industry, and academia to work on the big R&D challenges.
FrontierSI’s role is to look at the research through a broader lens and help create further demand for Earth observation data and analytics across agriculture, mining, logistics and environmental management of natural disasters, such as fire and floods. We have a focus on the earth observation research program and connecting research with industry application development. SmartSat CRC comprises some of our industry partners and involves some of our key university partners RMIT, Curtin University, QUT and UNSW.
The SmartSat CRC is a consortium of universities and other research organisations, partnered with industry that has been funded by the Australian Government to develop know-how and technologies in advanced telecommunications and IoT connectivity, intelligent satellite systems and Earth observation next generation data services. It will catapult Australia as a leader in niche areas of intelligent satellite systems, advanced communications and earth observation driven data analytics.
The SIAA is a national organisation formed to promote the growth of the Australian space industry and has a lead role in advising government on behalf of the space industry. By formulating national policies and strategies, the SIAA speaks with authority and credibility on behalf of its members on issues connected with the development of the Australian space industry. Through a program of meetings and other communications, SIAA consults with its members to devise policies to support the development of the Australian space industry and is active in promoting commercial, industrial and research opportunities for its members nationally and internationally.
The Surveying & Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI) is the national peak body catering for professionals who make up the spatial information industry. SSSI gives a voice to members of the spatial science community in both the national and international arena. It is a body which accommodates the changing nature of the industry while honouring and building upon the traditions, values and history of its founding institutions. SSSI members work in diverse roles across various sectors, industries and organisations, including academia, government, and private and public practice throughout Australia and New Zealand. SSSI also represents the interests of members to government, industry, academia and the general public by actively engaging membership and local and international bodies on public policy, government legislation and regulatory issues.
Status: Founding Member
Through CRCSI, FrontierSI became a founding member in the UNGGIM-PSN in 2016.
The value and utility of geospatial information in society and the world economy has been has been recognised by the United Nations through the establishment of the United Nations Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM). Through member states, UN-GGIM aims to address global challenges regarding the use of geospatial information, including in the development agendas, and to serve as a body for global policy making in the field of geospatial information management in the context of global development and prosperity, particularly for developing countries and the most vulnerable. The Private Sector Network (PSN) of representatives working in a mutually beneficial collaboration with the members of UN-GGIM is intended to facilitate a direct connection and communication for the private sector to work with member states towards achieving success in global geospatial initiatives. The PSN shall facilitate an ongoing dialogue for collaboration between and amongst members of UN-GGIM and participants of the PSN to develop, build and extend the world’s capacity to benefit from geospatial information, enabling countries to build capacity in geospatial information, technologies and services.
Status: Coordinator and Participant
SIBA|GITA and FrontierSI (formerly the CRC for Spatial Information) led the development and implementation of the 2026 Spatial Industry Transformation and Growth Agenda, which aims to transform and realise the potential of the local spatial industry and see it recognised as an underpinning element of the Australian digital economy.
2030 Space and Spatial Industry Roadmap
Status: Participant in the Strategic Steering Committee and Working Group
The Space and Spatial Industries are both classified as emerging industries and are both growing substantially faster than the national economy. An opportunity exists to coordinate the collaboration of these mutually dependent industry sectors, develop the synergies between them and substantially accelerate the growth of these industries and create thousands of new, high value jobs.
By synchronising policy, innovation, R&D, and capacity building across the public, private and defence domains, Australia stands to create very substantial productivity gains and substantial new opportunities generating and employment at a substantially higher rate than would be possible or likely in the absence of this Roadmap.
It is the combination of space and spatial working together that adds the greatest value to information supply chains. The space industry sets up critical elements of the satellite communications supply chains together with content (positioning and Earth observation satellites). The spatial industry provides the vast bulk of the subsequent data infrastructure, value-added content and analytics, and the delivery channels to customers. Getting this ecosystem right creates a premium competitive advantage for Australia and greatly strengthens our sovereignty and security.