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ANZLIC was originally established in January 1986 as the Australian Land Information Council (ALIC) by agreement between the Australian Prime Minister and the heads of the State and Territory governments in response to a clear and growing need to:
  • coordinate the collection and transfer of land-related information between the different levels of government; and
  • promote the use of that information in decision making

There had been minimal coordination on a national scale and so ANZLIC arose from the need to focus national coordination of land information management. A national conference entitled 'Better Land Related-Information for Policy Decisions', held in 1984 and attended by representatives from the three spheres of government in Australia, recommended that a peak national coordinating council be formed. This council would comprise the respective chairpersons of the various land information councils in each of the jurisdictions and would be given the role of promoting and developing a national strategy to facilitate the exchange of land information.

The Commonwealth Government, all Australian States (except Queensland) and the Northern Territory were represented on the council. Queensland and the Australian Capital Territory were represented for the first time as observers in 1989 and were subsequently accepted as full members. New Zealand was represented on ALIC and the Advisory Committee from 1987, with the same participating rights as the Australian members.

In November 1991, New Zealand formally became a full member and the Council was renamed ANZLIC. In 1994 the Australian Local Government Association was invited to participate in ANZLIC as an observer.

ANZLIC established a national office in 2001 to accelerate the Council's work program. The office is located in Canberra, comprising three full-time staff, and augmented from time to time by consultants.

what does ANZLIC stand for?

The name "ANZLIC" originates from the acronym formed from the Council's former name, the "Australia New Zealand Land Information Council". However, the term land information failed to convey the breadth of interests covered by ANZLIC. So, in April 1999, after considering countless alternative titles (and their all-important acronyms), Council decided to simply adopt ANZLIC as its title, with the explanatory sub-title "the Spatial Information Council".

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