SSSI NSW & ACT News – April 2020

March 31, 2020

Regional UPDATE

Your regional committee is hard at work during these challenging times and trusts all members are staying safe and well.  The NSW Regional Management Committee is hard at work planning webinars, digital events, as well as face-to-face events for the latter part of this year. If you have ideas or would like to get involved please get in touch.

There are many events currently programmed as well as in the pipeline and note that you can access eCPD 'on demand' by clicking here

Beyond events, in the education sector the draft Surveying and Spatial Information qualifications and units of competency have been prepared for broader consultation.   Industry and stakeholder feedback is sought in regard to the directions Vocational Education and Training (VET) will take for our industry in future years. Please use this link to comment on the provided materials and rationale and distribute the link to relevant people in your networks Surveying and Spatial Information Services Project 

The NSW Surveyor General is seeking to fill positions on the Board of Surveying and Spatial Information (BOSSI, the Board). The Surveying and Spatial Information Act 2002 requires professional associations involved in the spatial information industry to nominate persons to the Board. NSW Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI) is currently taking Expressions of Interest (EOI) for BOSSI nominations.  Nominations are currently being accepted  (extended until April 17) - the nomination form can be received from or any member of the NSW Regional Management Committee.

The NSW Regional Management Committee is also looking for people interested in getting involved in Women in Spatial. Our National and state lead in this portfolio steps down after 2 years in the role. Raelene Forbes brought a lot of ideas as well as some key events and workshops to the portfolio in her time involved.  Highlights over that time have been the 2018 Sydney Twilight Women-Speaker Event on the changes in imagery and remote sensing,  our 2019 leadership event and workshop, key webinars, interviews and Position Magazine articles bringing greater visibility to women achieving in the surveying and spatial sciences industry. Raelene cooridnated Women In Spatial events at each of the the NSW & ACT Regional conferences over the last two years and was a keynote speaker at other industry events like the 2019 'Mapped Out' Conference dinner in Wagga. Her thoughtful contribution to the NSW RMC has been deeply appreciated. We look forward to welcoming others interested in contributing to this space in the future.

Thank you for your ongoing support!


IWD Spatial Ecology and Climate Change

Dr Marji Puotinen, Spatial Ecological Data Scientist at the Australian Institute of Marine Science, delivered a thoroughly engaging webinar on March 11th to mark International Women's Day.

Marji spoke of her work in the spatial industry in coastal and marine research - enlightening us her insights - clearly demonstrating the integral importance of spatial concepts to climate change and the ecological landscape.

If you missed the live webinar it is available via eCPD click here

Upcoming Events

The Outcome: SSSI National Bushfire Recovery Map-a-thon

Thursday 16 April 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Dr Lesley Arnold (SSSI National Board Director) will give an overview of the Map-a-thon initiative and discuss overall logistics of planning; industry, government and NGO engagement; the challenges and overall execution of the event.

Nathan Eaton, Executive Director, NGIS Australia will give an overview of the technical set-up of this mammoth Map-a-thon and highlight some of the challenges and triumphs experienced.

This is a free event open to those who participated in the Map-a-thon or are involved in the surveying and spatial community. 

More information and register here

Hunter Environmental Institute Joint Webinar

Wednesday 29 April | 5.00pm | Registration here

SSSI is partnering with HEI to present this webinar on Environmental Applications of Spatial Technologies

Amy Steiger from Cardno, Charity Mundava from WaterNSW and Associate Professor In-Young Yeo will each 'dive in' to applications from respectively RPAS and thermal cameras for wildlife detection, GIS and remote sensing in water catchment management and remote sensing and GIS for water resource management.

Join us for this highly informative twilight webinar.

More information and register here

Drone Industry Developments to Watch in the Next Decade Webinar

Thursday 7 May | 1.30pm | Registration here

Looking into 2020 with 20/20 Vision

Tom Pils is a drone lawyer and will walk through the regulatory environment for drones that will shape the start of this decade. The drone regulatory space is constantly changing in respect to technical developments, new applications, as well as the implementation of further regulations and guidelines.  In this talk Tom will provide an overview to the formative developments in the drone regulatory and practitioner landscape at the moment.

Join us as Tom not only paints the high level picture but deep dives into the detail!

More information and register here

UPDATES from spatial services nsw

Digital Survey Plans

We are pleased to advise that the independent Digital Survey Plans Review (The Grosvenor Review) is now publically available. Your contribution and feedback in ensuring the key issues are covered is very much appreciated.


Digital Survey Plans link:

Thanks to all SSSI regional members who provided input to reach this crucial milestone in realising digital survey plans for NSW.


Foundation Data Spatial Framework & NSW Globe

Spatial Services is the primary resource for NSW's authoritative spatial data and services and contributes to the state's transition towards digital government. As custodians of NSW's Foundation Spatial Data Framework (FSDF), we deliver a comprehensive package of land and property services, including property information, surveying and mapping.

Spatial Services is working to improve your digital data experience and access to the FSDF.

A new platform, NSW Spatial Collaboration Portal allows users to search and discover the 10 NSW FSDF themes and all the data you have been accessing and using in NSW Globe.

Land valuations and property sales information have been moved from NSW Globe, to the new Land Values and Property Information page of the NSW Spatial Collaboration Portal.

NSW Globe had become a deprecated platform where services and functionality are limited.

Users are encouraged to explore the Land Values and Property Information page of the NSW Spatial Collaboration Portal which from April 6, 2020 is now the only access to information currently available in NSW Globe. 

For further information please contact our Service Delivery team:

Service Delivery Phone: +61 2 6332 8287

SSSI Mentoring Program 2020

The 2020 SSSI YP Mentoring Program is now open!

SSSI is continuing its industry-leading Mentoring Program in 2020 - entirely online! With many disruptions to the ways we all live and work, sharing our knowledge and experiences about our profession across generations is more important now than ever. The program will run from June to November, where mentors and mentees meet to discuss given topics on a fortnightly basis, exploring a range of facets from career goal setting, leadership and emotional intelligence, networking, and more. Mentors and mentees can be expected to make approximately an eight-hour time commitment over the length of the program for meetings and preparation for meetings.

The program runs in two streams (a) undergraduate, for current students or recent graduates and (b) graduates, for young professionals who are in the workforce and are looking to step up their careers.

The feedback from previous participants has been so positive - we strongly encourage you to consider participating in this fantastic program. To find out more, check out the YP Mentoring page on our website, register for our free online Q & A session on Tuesday 5 May or click the links below to apply now!

  • Mentee - click here to apply
  • Mentor - click here to apply


Locate21 Conference is taking place from 30 March - 1 April in Brisbane in 2021.  For those already registered for Locate20 your registration will remain valid for Locate21 and you will also have access to online content this year - currently being developed - as part of a digital engagement plan. 

Discounted registrations, at 2020 prices, have been extended until June - secure next year's conference at this year's rates as well a 6 month digital program that will deliver more than one third of Locate20's schedule digitally to registrants.

Stay connected for further updates regarding the Locate21 conference as well as details on how you can access our exciting new online resources.  Should you have any questions, please contact the Locate Conference Secretariat;

Tel: +61 2 4973 6573


If you have queries regarding your re-registration for professional purposes or concerns regarding your CPD, including on a Commission basis or if you have any feedback for SSSI, have a query or need help, please connect via: 

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