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.
Two documents have been prepared and circulated to our members regarding the proposed merger:
WHAT HAS HAPPENED SO FAR?
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.
THE EGM - MEMBERS VOTE IN FAVOUR OF PROGRESSING MERGER DISCUSSIONS
SSSI held an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) on Tuesday 24 May where members were given the opportunity to vote on several Resolutions to endorse the SSSI Board and Management to continue preparations for the merger.
An EGM was required as our existing Constitution lacks clauses that allow a merger of any type to take place. In addition, formal support from members is required to continue appropriate due diligence and further progress merger planning.
A summary of the three resolutions tabled include:
- Changes to the SSSI Constitution which will enable SSSI to amalgamate with another body or group, to take any gift of property and to transfer or purchase assets, property, liabilities etc if SSSI is authorised to amalgamate with another body.
- The amalgamation of the Institute with SIBA|GITA is approved in principle.
- SSSI Directors and Management can gain legal and financial advice in preparation of a potential amalgamation.
The majority of members attending the EGM voted in favour of the proposed changes to be made to the SSSI Constitution and approved SSSI Board and Management to continue discussions with SIBA|GITA for a potential merger to occur.
It is important to note, this was not a binding vote for the merger to proceed. This vote gives the SSSI Board and Executive members approval to continue planning for a possible merger with SIBA|GITA. Members will be invited to vote on the proposed merger with SIBA|GITA later in 2022.
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.
If you have queries about any aspect of the proposed new organisation, please contact email@example.com.