Victorian Region News - September 2020

September 16, 2020

Victoria Region Chair Report

Victoria Spatial Showcase & eSummit

As you may already know from my report in the last regional Geomessage, SSSI Victoria and SIBA GITA are joining together to host the Victoria Spatial Showcase and eSummit. The conference will be held over two days: 18-19 November from 9:00am to 12:30pm. Speed sessions with Q&A, panel discussions, standard presentation format and speed networking are all part of the program. All sessions will be free of charge, but registration is essential. 

Registration is open to all so feel free to invite your friends and colleagues along. Each conference day attracts 3 SSSI CPD points. The sessions will be sent for assessment for FPET and BOSSI points when the program is finalised. You can find out more about the conference here.

This conference also presents an opportunity for you to submit an abstract. If you have a topic you may like to share, you can do so here. Submit your presentation abstract by Monday 28 September.

Also, mark in your diary – the SSSI Annual General Meeting will be held on the afternoon of Thursday 19 November. Members, this is an excellent opportunity to be able to join in the meeting online! Registration details will be out soon. 

YP Mentoring Program 2020 - Speed Networking Event 

We are pleased to hear that the Young Professionals’ Speed Networking online event was well-received by mentors and mentees across all states and internationally. There were multiple short breakout sessions and each small group of 3 or 4 talked about a given topic before being regrouped to share a different topic. It was a novel and interesting way to bring together many of the mentors and mentees in the 2020 Mentoring Program. Thank you, mentors and mentees, for taking time to participate in this event and helping to make it a success. Well done and congratulations to the SSSI Young Professionals in organising this event!

Victoria Land Surveying Webinar

If you missed the recent Review of Victoria’s Naming Rules webinar by Rafe Benli, DELWP, you can find the recording here.

Communication to Members

The Committee continues to share with members information received from the Victorian Government. The most recent communication was the Notification of planned airborne gravity survey of Victoria (sent on 16 September). Three other messages to members in the past month related to the Stage 4 Restrictions and the impact on work. 

While most of us are restricted to our homes and 5km, do remember to stay connected with family, friends and colleagues.

We will continue to build an exciting Spatial Showcase and eSummit program and we look forward to releasing it to you in due time.

Kind regards

Andrej Mocicka FSSSI
Chair, SSSI Victoria


Nominations are now open for the 2020 Asia-Pacific Spacial Excellence Awards (APSEA) for Victoria. 

The Spatial Excellence Awards celebrate the achievements of top spatial information enterprises and individuals and showcase the finest projects and most significant performance of professionals that the Western Australia Surveying and Spatial Industry have to offer.

Projects and individuals attaining recognition at this premier event are deemed to be truly outstanding achievers and pre-eminent in their field.

Individual award categories include:

  • Professional of the Year
  • Young Professional of the Year
  • Education Development Award
  • Postgraduate Student Award
  • Undergraduate Student Award

Industry Award Categories include:

  • Award for Spatial Enablement
  • Award for Innovation and Commercialisation
  • Award for Technical Excellence
  • Award for People and Community
  • Award for Environment and Sustainability

Nominations close Friday, 23rd October, 2020. Click here for further information on how to nominate. 





The Department of Land, Water, Environment and Planning is on the look out for a number of talented professionals to fill the following roles within the Strategic Land Assessment and Information division:



The annual Indigenous Mapping Workshop is moving online to deliver free training to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and organisations via their new platform, IMW Australia - On Demand.   

The workshop gives Traditional Owners the digital tools to take ownership of their own geospatial data and utilise skills learnt to map their own cultural significant sites on Country.  

The workshop was launched online on Tuesday 22 September 2020, with Melbourne University Foundation chair in Australian Indigenous studies Marcia Langton AO, and Department of Environment Land Water and Planning Deputy Secretary Terry Garwood officially participating in the launch event. 

IMW Australia - On Demand is hosted on edX, the online learning platform created by Harvard and MIT, and will teach attendees to use digital and geospatial tools to collect, host, visualise, share and publish maps to support their various community objectives. Its goal is to build the capacity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to use digital mapping tools to map and monitor land and increase opportunities to tell stories of connection with land and water.  

The IMW Australia - On Demand sessions will be self-paced and available for participants to access at their leisure, utilising both desktop learning and virtual labs. Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning is investing $150,000 to help deliver the training, which is supported by Google Earth Outreach, Firelight Group, Digital Navigators and NGIS Australia.   

Traditional Owner groups and communities who have a mapping project can also apply for a $10,000 scholarship from Winyama, a Western Australia-based and First People led geospatial and technology company, as its Australian partner. 

The Indigenous Mapping Workshop was started in Canada in 2013, and Australia in 2018, with Winyama, a Western Australia-based and First People led geospatial and technology company, as its Australian partner. 

To view the launch visit:


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