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Study forecasts bright future for GIS industry

Australia: GIS technology use is on the rise in the local government sector with many Australian councils set to expand their capabilities over the next five years, according to landmark industry research.

Supported by the Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI) and GIS technology leaders Esri Australia – and conducted by an independent research firm – the 2013 GIS in Local Government Benchmark Study surveyed 150 council representatives on their use of spatial technology.

While the local government sector is already Australia’s largest user of GIS technology, the Study showed 38% of councils surveyed planned to increase their GIS technology budget in the near future.

It also confirmed use of the technology remained widespread in the sector, with 85% of respondents reporting they provide GIS access to all departments within their organisations and 68% indicating the value of the technology is becoming widely understood across their organisations.

Source: Esri Australia