Locate Conference

Locate is the national surveying and spatial conference, held in April each across the country.  It is jointly hosted by SSSI and our sister organisation, SIBA|GITA

Each year, the conference attracts national and international delegates and as Australia’s premier spatial conference provides attendees with an unprecedented opportunity to learn about the latest trends and applications in geospatial technologies and harness the power of location.

The Oceanic Finals of the Asia-Pacific Spatial Excellence Awards are also held during Locate.


Locate20 is now Locate21! Join us for Locate in Brisbane on 29 March - 1 April 2021

Here we will share from across industry sectors how geospatial and location technologies and practices are being used, highlighting the fundamental role they play in the building of our digital economy. We will also explore and facilitate the convergence of the spatial industry and the influence and importance of our industry to broader, non-traditional, industries and the Australian economy. Spatial data and location services now underpin many activities driving us to explore collaborative partnerships with businesses in other sectors, working together to produce a greater whole and to recognize new ways of doing things.

Locate21 will also look at how new technology and practices are equipping us to meet the challenges our planet is faced with, how we can learn from our collective experiences and share in new collaborative partnerships that will enhance the ecosystem of the geospatial community and ensure the  value of location data to inform and enable good decision making  is recognised by the broader community.

To register or find out more information, please visit the conference website.


Locate is over for another year! An incredible few days with more than 150 speakers, 40 exhibitors and a record breaking 900+ delegates. Thank you to all the SSSI members who attended – we hope you found it as informative and thought provoking as we did, and we hope you had the chance to catch up with colleagues old and new over the three days.

For those who weren’t able to attend, read on for some of the event highlights….


The Co-Convenors & the Organising Committee did an amazing done in putting together a program of talks from across all sectors of our industry. From plenary speakers, to concurrent sessions, panels and The Hub, there was a wealth of options for delegates to participate in.

Click here to see the full program


Organisations from across the surveying and spatial sciences profession came together in the Market Hall to demonstrate their latest technology, share their experiences and offer delegates the chance to have a chat to them about their needs. 

Gala Dinner

The Asia-Pacific Spatial Excellence Awards were held on the Tuesday evening - an outstanding opportunity to highlight the dedication and innovation of the professionals in our industry. 

Click here for more information on the winners of the 2018 Asia Pacific Spatial Excellence Awards.


SSSI Presidents’ Breakfast Meeting

At Locate18 in Adelaide, an informal meeting of leaders from relevant professional associations and industry bodies was held.  It was so well received, that a more formal meeting of the group was convened at the ISNSW Conference on Australia Day this year and we are pleased to report that we continued this with an official Presidents’ Breakfast during Locate19. 

16 representatives from groups across Australia, New Zealand and ASEAN, came together for this genuine opportunity to discuss shared challenges, the future of the industry, and most importantly, ways of working together to achieve shared goals.