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Australian Government to invest in SBAS Test-Bed

On 17 January the Australian Government announced that it will be investing $12 million over two years in the testing of a SBAS for Australia.


I am pleased to finally share with you some exciting developments related to positioning technology in Australia.

Today, the Australian Government formally announced it will be investing $12 million over two years in the testing of a Satellite Based Augmentation System (SBAS) for Australia.

The SBAS test-bed is the first stage of Geoscience Australia’s plan for improving positioning technology in Australia, our National Positioning Infrastructure (NPI) Capability.

This commitment from the Australian Government places us on the right path to matching the capability of other regions in the world with whom we compete.

Early in 2017, with the Collaborative Research Centre for Spatial Information we will call for organisations from a number of different industries including agriculture, construction, mining and transport, to participate in the test-bed.

You can stay up-to-date with the latest SBAS test-bed and NPI Capability news by signing up to our newsletter here.

For more information about the NPI Capability, visit

John Dawson, Geoscience Australia

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