The world is entering a new era in satellite positioning. New global navigation satellite systems are being launched.

A national positioning infrastructure that takes advantage of these advances in a way suited to the needs of Australia and New Zealand is a fundamental step toward 'spatial enablement'. Significant economic benefits will accrue with a national positioning infrastructure, adding an estimated 1.1% to 2.1% to Australia’s GDP by 2030 through productivity gains in mining, construction and agriculture alone. Many other sectors will benefit as well such as transport, emergency services, and tourism and recreation.

"The Positioning Program brings together leading GNSS researchers, in collaboration with private industry and government agencies, to address the challenge of designing, building and operating a high accuracy, real-time, nation-wide positioning infrastructure…."