Proposed Merger





Why Merge? 

Over the past few months SSSI and SIBA|GITA have continued discussions about the potential for merging both organisations. Both Boards have met independently as well as jointly to ensure our values are aligned and priorities compatible.

Our overarching consideration has always been:

  • how can we provide the best value to our members and the greater geospatial sector?
  • how can we as the representative groups for individuals and companies most effectively champion change?
  • how can we reform within our industry which is undergoing rapid growth and advancing technology?  

Both Boards believe merging SSSI and SIBA|GITA is an effective strategy for organisational growth, gaining scale efficiencies and enhancing services and reach for the spatial and surveying related sectors across Australia.

There is an opportunity to merge SSSI and SIBA|GITA and form a new peak body to represent the current and emerging interests of professionals and the industry by drawing on decades of experience, good will and initiatives that support the sector and its professionals to capitalise on opportunities that are surfacing.

This is only possible with the support of our members. 

For more details,  click here to read our Proposal to members document.


In late 2021, two meetings were held with an external key stakeholder group. This group of senior executives from business, government and academia provided a forum for us to bring together industry thought leaders to evaluate effective ways to best support and nurture the geospatial industry during this time of growth. These discussions reinforced the need to continue our work in the area of workforce development, but also highlighted there are many other areas requiring our attention with the need for one body taking a leadership role in work force development and advocacy on behalf of the sector.

Based on the outcomes of discussions held, a resolution was passed by both Boards independently which saw both organisations agree to proceed with the merger subject to completing the investigation and due diligence (with independent assessment of both entities simultaneously), the development of a communications and engagement plan, governance and operational structures, a value based membership fee model, other income streams and the development of a Business Plan and Transition Plan. 

A Merger Steering Committee and Executive Operational Committee have been established to undertake the planning and project management, in consultation with the two Boards and staff.

Member Consultation Sessions

SSSI and SIBA|GITA members have attended two Consultation sessions over the past couple of months. During the sessions we discussed the reasons why the merger has been proposed, the benefits of forming a new peak organisation representing both individuals and businesses and answered questions from the audience.

 If you missed the sessions, you can access the recordings below.


We have collated a number of the questions received during Consultation sessions and via email and phone into one location for easy reference.

Click here to view the Q & A document.


SSSI financial members have received a Notice for the Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) of the Surveying & Spatial Sciences Institute being held from 12.45pm (AEST) on Tuesday 24 May 2022 at the National Convention Centre Canberra and via Zoom.

The purpose of the EGM is to vote on Resolutions as per the Explanatory Memorandum

For those unable to attend, please complete and return a Proxy Form



SSSI and SIBAGITA members are invited to attend an in-person Member Workshop immediately following the SSSI EGM in Canberra. During this workshop, members will be invited to share their thoughts on the proposed new organisation and identify key areas for advocacy and sector reform. If you are able to attend, please register here. An online Member Workshop will be held in the coming weeks for those unable to attend in person.

Please note, as a result of the workshop being held on 24 May, the Member Consultation Session planned for this Friday 6 May has now been cancelled.

If you have queries about any aspect of the proposed new organisation, please contact