• 17 August 2021


It’s time to establish a baseline in diversity and inclusion within the Space, Spatial and Surveying sectors of Australia and New Zealand 

Participation is being sought from all professionals working in the space, spatial and surveying sectors across government, academia and business to take part in the Diversity Council Australia’s Incusion@Work Index - click here to take part.  

We don’t have an exact figure on workforce numbers for the space, spatial and surveying sectors, but we’ve estimated as many as 25,000 professionals working across Australia and New Zealand. We’re aiming to reach 40% to get the most representative snapshot possible of our current state. But we’ll need your help. So please get involved and share this far and wide with your networks.  

The questionnaire will be open for four weeks from 17 August until 14 September 2021 and it takes a maximum of 15 minutes to complete.  

We are specifically seeking responses from all individuals who work, study or participate in the space, spatial or surveying sector – that is, men and women, people from all cultural backgrounds, people without and with a disability.  We need everyone in our industry to participate. It’s only from hearing from all segments that we can really understand our current state.

Respondents are being asked to select the sector they work in in order to benchmark and compare best practice between the business, government and academic sectors. 

A public report will be developed that provides an evidence base for the industry to understand key trends and opportunities to promote inclusive workplaces. The report will be released towards the end of 2021.  

Check out the website for more information frequently asked questions and a toolkit of campaign resources that will aid anyone wishing to get involved in promoting participation in the index either within their organisations or to their wider networks. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is this important? 

A diverse and inclusive workforce has long been established as an economic driver.  

Collaboration across the space, spatial and surveying industries reduces duplication of costs and effort.  

The benefits of a sector-wide approach include: 

  • Removal of cost barriers to participation 
  • Fostering sector-wide awareness and ownership of the problem and solutions 
  • Enable meaningful comparisons and opportunities to learn from best practice 
  • Reduces duplication 
  • Ensures a robust methodology that can be replicated in future years 

Can retirees participate?  

Yes. We encourage all current and past space, spatial and surveying professionals to take the survey.  When responding to questions that require you to reflect on your current role, we suggest you think about your most recent or most significant employment. 

Can students participate? 

Yes. We encourage all future space, spatial and surveying professionals to take the survey.  When responding to questions that require you to reflect on your current role, we suggest you think about your academic experience. 

Will we be able to get access to the raw data? 

Due to the personal nature of the information being collected, the raw data will not be available. Aggregated data can be made available on request.  

How long will it take me to participate? 

The questionnaire will take approximately 15 minutes to complete.  

My company/organization is already a participating member of the Inclusion@Work Index – can we access the space, spatial and surveying survey this way? 

No. You will need to complete the unique survey link for the space, spatial and surveying sectors for your response to count. 

Will my answers be identifiable? 

No. The index does not capture any identifiable data on your name, email address, contact details, or organisation. 

(NZ only) How should I respond to questions about my indigenous status if I am from an aboriginal cultural background outside Australia (e.g Maori or Pasifika)?  

Most indigenous identities are included where they are also included in the ABS standard classification of cultural and ethnic groups. As the Inclusion@Work index was originally developed for Australian audiences, there is a specific section on Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander participants. Please note that question 49 provides an option for people of other cultures to indicate their specific cultural background. Your cultural background is the cultural/ethnic groups or identities to which you feel you belong. This background may be the same as your parents, grandparents, or your heritage, or it may be the country you were born in or have spent a great amount of time in, or you feel more closely tied to.

If your cultural background is not listed as a response option, please email with your missing cultural background so it can listed in future Indexes 

Note that questions 25-28 are concerned with exclusive behaviours due to a range of demographic/identity parameters. You should respond with ‘your cultural background/identity’ if they feel this is factor that has led to your experience of harassment or discrimination.

 Which organisations are endorsing and supporting the Index?

The following eight associations from Australia and New Zealand have come together to promote participation in the Index: 

  • Australian and New Zealand Land Information Council (ANZLIC) 
  • Consulting Surveyors National (CSN) 
  • Earth Observation Australia (EOA) 
  • Space, Spatial and Surveying Diversity Leadership Network (SSS-DLN) 
  • Survey and Spatial New Zealand (S & SNZ) 
  • Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI) 
  • The Spatial Industries Business Association (SIBA) and Geospatial Information & Technology Association ANZ (GITA) 
  • Women in Spatial New Zealand

Which professions are considered to be space, spatial and surveying sector?

The space, spatial and surveying industry in Australia and New Zealand consists of individuals and organisations involved in the provision and use of space and/or spatial related technologies or services. This includes the following professions: 

  • Geodesy 
  • Cadastral surveying 
  • Engineering and mine surveying 
  • Geographic Information Services (GIS) 
  • Cartography and drafting services 
  • Telecommunications 
  • Remote Sensing 
  • Environmental monitoring and meteorology 
  • Satellite development 
  • Satellite components and sub-systems 
  • Ground systems for space technology 
  • Global Positioning 
  • Space/Spatial Science 
  • Space/Spatial Education 
  • Emerging professionals (students, graduates, trainees) 
  • Retired professionals 
  • Professional services to support the above (legal, financial, insurance etc)