Authorities worldwide acknowledge that about 85% of all information maintained by government has a spatial component - linking it to location. There are many critical reasons for the Tasmanian Government to manage and analyse its important information resources spatially.
In 2006, the Government identified the need to establish more holistic governance arrangements for spatial information in Tasmania, that would involve government, academia, the private sector and professional institutions.
In 2007, State Cabinet approved the establishment of two new governing bodies - the Tasmanian Spatial Information Council (TASSIC) and the Tasmanian Government Spatial Committee (TGSC).
TASSIC is a multi-sectoral forum, led by an independent Chair, with members nominated by key spatial industry organisations. The Council provides whole-of-industry advice and recommendations to the Minister for Primary Industries and Water.
TGSC membership comprises senior representatives with operational responsibility for spatial activities within the Tasmanian Government and Government Business Enterprise sectors. The Committee is chaired by the Director of the Office of eGovernment in the Department of Premier and Cabinet.
Members are nominated for a two-year term of appointment. Any Tasmanian Government organisation not already represented is encouraged to forward a nomination for membership to the TGSC Executive Officer.
The TGSC is supported in its role by the Information and Land Services Division of the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment (DPIPWE) and the Office of eGovernment.
The Committee meets six times a year. Click here to see the current meeting schedule.