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In 2006, the Information and Land Services Division of the Department of Primary Industries and Water undertook a strategic review of the Land Information System Tasmania (LIST). A key direction emanating from that review was the need to establish a Tasmanian Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) with the LIST redeveloped as its portal. This direction was viewed as the first step towards better management of spatial information both within government and for the whole of Tasmania.

The review identified a lack of formal coordination and integration across the spatial information sectors in Tasmania. The need to establish new governance arrangements was recognised. Previous governance for spatial information in Tasmania was provided by the Land Information Coordination Council (LICC), which involved representatives from State and Local Government and GBEs. A more holistic approach for future governance was recommended, involving government, academia, the private sector and professional institutions.

In late 2007, State Cabinet approved the formal disbanding of the LICC and the establishment of two new governing bodies - the Tasmanian Spatial Information Council (TASSIC) and the Tasmanian Government Spatial Committee (TGSC).

TASSIC was established to provide a key forum to facilitate increased collaboration and cooperation between public, private and community sectors in all aspects of spatial information in Tasmania. The role of the Council is to maximise opportunities for government, industry and the community through the efficient and effective development, maintenance and use of the Tasmanian Spatial Data Infrastructure (TSDI).

The role of the TGSC is to present a whole of government perspective on spatial information policy, issues and recommendations to both the Inter Agency Steering Committee and TASSIC. TGSC membership is limited to State Government Agencies and GBEs.

It is anticipated that other key sector groups will also set up their own committees to provide additional input to TASSIC.

Strategic Direction

One of the first major tasks for TASSIC is the development of a Strategic Plan for Spatial Information in Tasmania. This will include the development of new policies and guidelines to support the management and distribution of data available through the LIST.

For more information please contact:

Caroline Palfreyman
Information Coordinator
Information and Land Services Division
Department of Primary Industries & Water
Phone: 03 6216 4476