What is Spatial Information?

Spatial information is the digital connection between location, people and activities. This information can graphically illustrate what is happening (where, how and why) to show the insight and impact of the past, the present and the (likely) future.

The knowledge produced by spatial information is fundamental to the lives of every Australian and New Zealander.

It starts with a map...

This new information technology field acquires, manages and analyses data that has geographic, temporal, and spatial context. It also includes development and management of related information technology tools, such as aerial and satellite remote sensing imagery, the Global Positioning System (GPS), and computerised geographic information systems (GIS).


There are hundreds of ways spatial information can assist and aide in the everyday lives of all people. Here are just a few:

  • Satellite images bring daily weather reports and provide farmers with information for precision agriculture
  • Airborne infra-red scanners track our bushfires
  • Ambulance dispatch services
  • Global positioning systems monitor the location of thousands of trucks and taxis
  • Real estate sales use geographic information systems
  • All kinds of mapping.

The spatial information industry is a component of the broader information technology sector and has scientific and technical links to all other disciplines such as environmental science, engineering, computer science, health delivery, logistics, planning, resource management and electronics.

Spatial Words

The words we use are important regardless of where we work and live, who we talk to and the industry we surround ourselves. 

Spatial Videos

The spatial information sector is growing and expanding from research to application, from space to our suburbs, from big business to our wellbeing.