Media release: 2026Agenda Report Card Out

2026 Spatial Industry Transformation and Growth Agenda

One year along the road to the future

A year on from the release of the 2026 Spatial Industry Transformation and Growth Agenda (2026Agenda), and the industry has made major progress in all pillars. Today we release the “2017 Report Card”, a summary of the wins, progress and action required to drive the spatial industry to its high growth future. The 2017 Report Card is available for download from www.2026agenda.com.

Peter Woodgate, co-Chair of 2026Agenda, says substantial advancements were made in 12 of the 13 high priority initiatives for the first year of the 2026Agenda. “Everyone involved has dug deep and contributed to significant gains across nearly all the initiatives,” Peter says. “Most notably the Public Infrastructure and Analytics, Outreach, and Educational pillars have really been pushed forward. Importantly, while the Action Plan covers 10 years of initiatives, we’ve already begun work on two thirds of the 34 initiatives,” he says.

While these developments are encouraging, Phil Delaney, Executive Officer of the 2026Agenda, says he wants to ensure these developments accelerate in the future.

“This Report Card is intended to show progress, but highlighting that progress does not mean completion. We want the 2026Agenda to inspire a larger, more diverse group of people into action. While we have significant momentum now, we have more work to do to turn this momentum into long-term, sustainable growth for the industry,” Phil says.

Glenn Cockerton, co-Chair 2026Agenda and Managing Director of Spatial Vision, says for private business, the 2026Agenda provides a framework and opportunity to pivot strategy and focus on new customer markets.

“The 2026Agenda allows the private sector to take more risks, explore new ideas and partnerships, and collaborate with government to create new, nation-building spatial infrastructure,” Glenn says. “It also calls for business to become a national exemplar for export opportunities, innovative procurement practices, outreach, industry branding and innovation.”

Importantly, the 2026Agenda has secured longer-term funding and resource commitments from major spatial organisations across Australia in order to better coordinate, communicate and drive change across Australia. These commitments will allow the passive tracking of initiatives to transform to active advocacy – raising the profile of 2026Agenda partners and participants, and moving the industry closer to the future it needs.

“While many of the 2026Agenda initiatives have great champions taking ownership, there are further opportunities for organisations to step forward to drive these initiatives to completion,” Glenn says. “These initiatives have been flagged as pending or delayed within the report card, and the 2026Agenda is calling for all future focussed, collaborative people and organisations to contact the 2026Agenda team to register their interest.”

The 2026Agenda 2017 Report Card can be downloaded at: www.2026agenda.com

If you wish to be involved please contact the 2026Agenda team, Phil Delaney (CRCSI), Eva Rodriguez (CRCSI), Tonia Scholes (SIBA|GITA) or Stephanie Pradier (CRCSI) on 03 9035 9936 or via email on pdelaney@crcsi.com.au or info@2026agenda.com.