A survey of the Australian spatial industry was conducted by Curtin University and Victoria University on behalf of the CRCSI during November and December 2008. The respondents to the survey were from 43pl, the select group of research minded companies who are partners (and owners) of the CRCSI, and members of the Spatial Industries Business Association (SIBA). You can download the below.
The survey asked organisations about activity, turnover, staffing, research and linkages. Major findings were;
- Most firms were still involved in the core applications of spatial information, such as “Surveying” (60% of all firms) and “Cartography” (31% of all firms). However, the survey also confirmed the emergence of applications of spatial data systems in areas such as “Spatial data management” (34%) and “Spatial/Geomatics consulting services” (45%)
- Organisations surveyed operated across a number of market or industry segments, with 66% reporting activity in “Civil and Building Construction and Urban Planning and Land Development”, followed by “Utilities – Electricity, Gas and Water” (46%) and “Land Titling and Administration” (42%)
- The median firm employed between 6 to 25 employees, with five organisations in the final sample employing over 200 people directly.
- Around 40% of firms reported total revenue of less than $1 million, while 30% of the sample had revenues between $1 to $5 million
- The typical organisation had experienced growth in revenue of at least 20% in the previous years with 7.5% of the sample reporting growth in excess of 40%
- Around 58% of all organisations surveyed spent less than $100,000 per annum on research and development, with a further 23% of organisations spending between $100,000 to $250,000 on research and development. A number of
firms with revenue greater than $10 million spent over $1 million on research and development
- Around 34% of respondents reported collaborating with the CRCSI on research and development issues, 26% collaborated with universities and around 26% reported collaborations with other Australian companies
- Expenditure on research and development and collaboration on research was spread across a number of areas, including “Surveying” (43% of respondents), “Spatial Software Development” (28%) and “Spatial Data Management” (23%).