Benefits of an integrated view

Benefits of the Integration of Space and Spatial

Australia’s space industry, although small, has well recognised world class expertise in certain areas from which we can build. By contrast, Australia’s spatial community is much more dominant by world standards but still exhibits strong growth potential. Operating in tandem, these competitive advantages serve as strong basis from which both industries can grow.

Space and spatial are making an increasingly critical contribution to digital transformation. Global spending on the digital transformation is expected to reach $2.3 trillion by 2023, a five year compound annual growth rate of 17.1% for the period 2019 – 2023. The space industry has been estimated to be worth US$350 billion in 2019 with potential to grow to over $US1.1 trillion by 2040. The Australian space sector was estimated to be around $3.9 billion in size in 2019 and forecast to grow at 7.1% pa over the five years to 2024.

The total direct economic benefits from the use and application of earth observation from space data alone was found to be worth A$496 million to the Australian economy in 2015, and predicted to reach A$1,694 million by 2025. In 2016, geospatial services were conservatively estimated to generate US$400 billion per year globally. However, the total economic contribution was predicted to be several times higher, through approximately US$550 billion derived from consumer benefits; the creation of approximately 4 million direct and 8 million indirect jobs; and improvements of revenues and costs of sectors that contribute 75% of global GDP.
The global markets for big data from satellites alone is growing rapidly (see Figure 1 below).

Most industries require spatial data analytics as illustrated in Figure 2 below:

A coordinated, strategic approach to integration of Australia’s space and spatial sectors could:

  • increase productivity in key Australian sectors including agriculture (food, fibre and carbon), mining, aviation, intelligent transport, construction and energy through improved coordination between the end users and technology/data providers developing solution-based products and services.
  • support the delivery of public good services including defence, national security, disaster response, emergency management, environmental monitoring, urban planning, sustainable cities and digital twins to name a few.
  • grow the domestic space-spatial industry so that it achieves an international competitive advantage in high value-add areas including:
    • advanced instrumentation; advanced geospatial;
    • location intelligence services; and
    • telecommunications.
  • accelerate the maturation of the Australian space industry, by leveraging off the successes of the Australian Space Agency, SmartSat CRC, Frontier SI, DEA and the NPIC, amongst other programs.
  • better align academic programs with industry needs, including by producing industry-ready graduates who meet the skills demand.
  • increase Australian participation in the global space industry.
  • increase the commercialisation and utilisation of research in the space-spatial sectors.
    increase surety of access of vital information supply chains
  • establish the nexus of an enduring space-spatial integration in Australia.
  • address the challenges and opportunities presented by open data, open technology and the introduction of the NBN.
  • reduce duplication and increase efficiency in the delivery of state and government geospatial services.

See also: Focus Areas Driving National Benefit