Launch of the Surveying & Spatial Volunteer Strategy

May 25, 2022

Surveying & Spatial Sciences Institute has launched the Surveying & Spatial Volunteers Strategy 2022-2025. This strategy was prepared by SSSI's Disaster Management and Recovery Special Interest Group

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We have taken this initiative to facilitate surveying and spatial volunteerism across Australia and globally. The purpose of this document is consultative and represents the first stage in seeking broader input and support for a volunteer program targeted at using surveying and spatial skillsets for community resilience building.

There is something special about the camaraderie that develops when teams of surveyors and spatial professionals work together to make a difference to the community. We witnessed this firsthand when the international geospatial community joined Australian volunteers in mapathons to support bushfire readiness and recovery after the 2019-20 Australian Bushfires.

Volunteerism is an opportunity to use our reach, skills and expertise, and build capabilities and arrangements to support the wider community to prevent, prepare, respond and recover from natural disasters.

Our aim is to work with existing volunteer organisations and networks to provide opportunities for our members and the surveying and spatial sector more broadly. We will work closely with government and non-government organisations (NGOs) to understand the trends, issues and needs across our sector. This will enable us to adapt and develop projects targeted towards volunteering where it matters most.

For many of our members, the pathways to volunteering are not clear, and the time critical nature of some activities means that opportunities are often missed. There is also a lack of national coordination, and a disconnection between available volunteering opportunities and peoples’ interests.

We need to make it easier for our profession to get involved. However, we can’t do this alone. This initiative will require a collective effort to develop the necessary pathways and partnerships to suit the various community needs and preferences of our volunteers.

SSSI invites your comments on this consultation document. Your feedback will help us to make informed decisions on the final version of the strategy. Please assist us in getting this important strategy right.

  • Are we moving in the right direction?
  • Do our goals and objectives reflect your own aspirations?
  • Do you support the underpinning principles?
  • Would you like to be involved?
  • Do we have your support?

Submissions can be made via our online feedback form at via

Contributions are welcome from all interested organisations and individuals.

The closing date for submissions is 31 August 2022.

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