This study was commissioned by Drew Clarke PSM, Secretary of the Commonwealth Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism, and sets out to investigate the Australian Government’s current spatial capability and suggest how that capability can be improved for the benefit of the Australian public sector, private sector and the wider Australian public.
This scope, by necessity, involves consideration of Australian State and Territory capabilities, and the collaboration between the Commonwealth and State/Territory government agencies.
The work on which this report is based was undertaken in the period October 2010 until June 2011 and comprises evidence gathered in Australia on two separate visits, as well as interviews and desk research conducted whilst in Great Britain.
The term Spatially-enabled data is used as a broad umbrella term covering all information which has a geographic reference; in certain countries it is referred to as Location data or Place-based data. This includes Application Data, defined as spatially-enabled information collected by other government departments and jurisdictions, for example transport, health and local government, typically as a by-product of their policy or delivery operations. It could also apply to similar data collected by the private sector.
Geospatial data refers specifically to that information which has been collected in order to provide a geographic reference framework for other information. This incorporates the information created and maintained by mapping and cadastral agencies. It forms part of the Framework Reference Data of a country.